Miriam Gallagher

Miriam Gallagher, Irish playwright, novelist & screenwriter, studied drama in London (LAMDA). Her work, staged & screened in Ireland, London, Paris, USA & Canada with Irish, Dutch, Finnish and Russian translations, is included in the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing and profiled in Irish Women Writers: An A-Z Guide (Geenwood Press,CT, USA, 2006)

Her plays are published: Fancy Footwork (Soc. Irish Playwrights, 1997, 2nd Ed) followed by Kalahari Blues & Other Plays (2006) Books are available from The Internet Theatre Bookshop (www.stageplays.com) or from the playwright (www.miriamgallagher.ie)

Her other books are: Let’s Help Our Children Talk (O’Brien Press 1977) and a novel, Song for Salamander, (Trafford 2004) Short stories are published in anthologies of Irish Writing. She has also published essays, commissioned by The Irish Times, arts, literary, film & educational journals. Rté has broadcast her radio plays, her essays on Sunday Miscellany, and her film Gypsies, screened in New York's Lincoln Center & San Francisco.

Miriam received Arts Council & European Script Fund Awards for her feature length screenplay Girls in Silk Kimonos (celebrating the Gore Booth sisters) EU Theatre Award, a Writer's Exchange to Finland & MHA (Mental Health Assoc) Tv Script Award. She presented work at the 4th and 5th International Women's Playwrights Conferences in Galway & Athens, and recently in Marseille at Semaine Mondiale des Auteurs Vivants de Théatre 2006.

She has worked in professional, prison & community Theatre. Commissions include The Ring of Mont de Balison,(Ranelagh Millennium Project) Kalahari Blues (Galloglass Theatre Co) which toured nationwide; The Gold of Tradaree (Clare Arts Award) The Mighty Oak of Riverwood (Betty Ann Norton Theatre School 40 years celebration) performed at the Gate Theatre; Blue Heaven (Red Kettle Theatre Co.) and Fancy Footwork (Dublin Theatre Festival) which was performed by Mountjoy prisoners at Focus Theatre, Dublin: a unique occasion, being the only time in the history of the State that prisoners were released to perform in a professional theatre.

A member of Irish PEN, Miriam has served on its committee and as vice president. She has also served on the Irish Writers Union committee, the council of the Society of Irish Playwrights, as a judge for the O.Z. Whitehead Play Competition and on the Awards Panel for Arts & Disability Forum. She has given writing courses and been a guest lecturer at universities in Dublin, New York, Boston & Pretoria.