2015 SPEAKERS

Liam Collins is an award winning journalist and author. Born in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford he grew up in Dublin, but has strong family ties to his mother’s home place Ardagh. He worked as a reporter in the Westmeath Examiner, the Longford News, the Evening Herald and the Sunday Independent, where he was News Editor for a number of years

He is currently Opinion/Comment editor of the Irish Independent. Liam is the author of a number of books, including Irish Family Feuds and The Great Irish Bank Robbery, both published by Mentor Books. He lives in Blackrock, Co Dublin and is currently working on a biography of the well known financier Mr Dermot Desmond.

Michael Griffin studied at NUI-Galway before going on to complete his doctorate in English literature at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He was Visiting Assistant Professor of eighteenth-century and Irish studies at Southern Illinois University (2000-2001), and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Keough Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame in 2002-2003. Michael has lectured at the University of Limerick since 2003. This year he was the winner of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship to pursue research at Yale University Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia towards the new Cambridge University Press Edition of the Collected Letters of Oliver Goldsmith. He is the author of Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith (Bucknell University Press, 2013), described by Norma Clarke in the Times Literary Supplement as “…a model of historically informed literary analysis, beautifully written and assiduously researched”. In 2016 he will publish an edition of the Westmeath poet Laurence Whyte, who influenced Goldsmith.

Vincent Woods is a poet, playwright and broadcaster. His work for theatre includes At the Black Pig’s Dyke and A Cry from Heaven; poetry collections are The Colour of Language and Lives and Miracles. He is co-editing a book of writing on music and has written several song lyrics.  He presents the weekly programme Arts Tonight on RTÉ Radio 1. Vincent lives in Dublin and is a member of Aosdána.

Gerald Dawe has published eight poetry collections with The Gallery Press including Selected Poems (2012) and Mickey Finn’s Air (2014). He has also published several volumes of literary essays, most recently The Stoic Man (2015). Of War and War’s Alarms: Reflections of Modern Irish Writing will be published by Cork University Press.

Peter Fallon  is an award-winning poet who lives in Loughcrew in County Meath where he farmed for many years. At the age of eighteen he started The Gallery Press and he continues to edit and publish books by Ireland’s finest established and emerging writers. His recent books include an acclaimed translation of The Georgics of Virgil (Oxford World’s Classics) and Strong, My Love (poems, 2014).