carlo gebler dingle literary festival 2020

The Dingle Literary Festival welocmed Carlo Gébler in 2020. Carlo was educated at the University of York and the National Film & Television School. He is the author of novels, short stories, plays, memoirs, biographies and works of narrative history, most recently, Belfast by Moonlight (a masque, 2013), Confessions of a Catastrophist (memoir, 2015), Walking to the Ark (play, 2015), The Projectionist (biography, 2015) and The Wing Orderly’s Tales (short stories, 2016). His other publications include The Eleventh Summer (novel, 1985), Father & I (memoir, 2000), The Siege of Derry (history, 2005), My Father’s Watch (memoir written in collaboration with Patrick Maguire, youngest member of the Maguire Seven, 2008) and The Dead Eight (novel, 2011).

Alongside working as a writer, Carlo Gébler has also worked as a director and writer of films for television (his 1998 documentary Put to the Test won the 1998 Royal Television Society award for best regional documentary) and as a prison teacher. From 1991 to 1997 he was a part-time creative writing tutor in HMP Maze (Long Kesh) and from 1997 to 2015 he was writer-in-residence in HMP Maghaberry.
Currently he works at the Young Offenders Centre outside Belfast with young prisoners, and at the Working Out Unit, Crumlin Road Goal, with long term prisoners who are about to be released. His various awards and honours include a Major Individual Award (2006) from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Margaret Frazer Bursary (2007) from Queen’s University Belfast. He was elected to Aosdána in 1990.

Carlo Gébler has contributed to the creative writing programme at the Oscar Wilde Centre for many years and currently teaches the ‘Writing for a Living’ course there.

Carlo Gébler chatted to Sara Baume reflecting on Handiwork, Sara’s latest book.
ONLINE – Date: Saturday 21 November 2020 Time: 7.30pm – 8.30pm


The Dingle Literary Festival was established in 2019 to create an annual book festival to bring readers and authors together in West Kerry. It’s a literary festival that celebrates living writers as well as honouring the literary heritage of the area. Festival events happen in both Irish and English and range across all genres and age groups. We present both author events and writers’ workshops.

Our vision is of a festival where literature, language and landscape converge to create moments to share stories, to connect minds and allow magic to blossom. It’s a place that sparks discussion, fosters innovation and collaboration in the arts and creates a multigenerational community of readers and writers.

The Dingle Literary Festival is a book festival that elevates and celebrates the richness of Irish language and literature in contemporary life. We encourage a vibrant, relevant literary community to support both established and emerging writers.

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