An exhibition of the poetry of Gerald Dawe takes place at the Linen Hall Library Belfast 6—26 December
Gerald Dawe celebrates the art of living in places. Whether the Belfast of the 1960s, the anxious territories of the 1970s and 1980s, or the emergent Irelands north and south of recent decades, his writing expresses the potency of memory to shape and sustain.
One of Belfast’s most gifted living writers, his poetry, memoir and criticism stand as powerful testimonies to the energy, movement and possibility of the homes and cities in which he lives.
“Those dark and tense lyrics segue into the more tranquil tones and pastoral imagery of poems which mark a geographic transition from the North to the West of Ireland…and from outsiderish isolation to the community of marriage…moments shot through with a keen awareness of underlying dangers and instability.”
Kathleen McCracken, The Yellow Nib
In this exhibition in collaboration with Frank Ferguson and the John J. Burns Library, Boston College, Gerald Dawe charts the places, people and moments that have shaped his life and his sense of cultural belonging.