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Dermot Bolger

County Lives

The Clondalkin Suite

Born in Dublin in 1959, Dermot Bolger has worked as a factory hand, library assistant and publisher. His nine novels include 'The Woman’s Daughter', 'The Journey Home', and most recently 'The Family on Paradise Pier' . Dermot's debut play, 'The Lament for Arthur Cleary', received The Samuel Beckett Award, his last play 'From These Green Heights', received the Irish Times/ESB Prize for Best New Irish Play of 2004, and one of his  latest plays, 'Walking the Road' which was part of the In Context 3 programme' opened in May 2007. He is the author of seven volumes of poetry, devised the best-selling collaborative novels, 'Finbar’s Hotel' and 'Ladies Night at Finbar’s Hotel' and has edited many anthologies, including 'The Picador Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction' and, most recently, 'County Lines: A Portrait of South Dublin County Through its writers'. He has been The Writer Fellow in Trinity College, Dublin, Playwright in Association with the Abbey Theatre and recently was Writer in Residence with South Dublin County Council.

Dermot has worked with numerous South Dublin writers during his time as Writer in Residence, both through workshops and in editing County Lines. Having tried to encourage people to write about their experiences of life, he aims now during his two year residency to imaginatively interact as a creative writer with the personal experiences and history within the county through the medium of fiction, drama and poetry. His projects include the creation of poetry to be inscribed into the stonework at the new park being built beside Lucan weir and a new play 'Walking the Road, to be staged at both the 2007 Fused Festival in South Dublin and also in Flanders, which takes as its starting point the period that the poet Francis Ledwidge (who died in the Third Battle of Ypes in 1917) spent in Rathfarnham as a boy. A further theatrical project hopes to explore changes in South Dublin over the past half century, while he is also deliberately leaving some spaces in his writing schedule to interact with local projects that may arise.

For more on Dermot's work as part of In Context 3 visit the Current Projects pages

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