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Gerard Lee, a writer, actor and director, graduated with an M.Phil in Creative Writing from the Oscar Wilde Centre at Trinity College Dublin in 2007. He has published poetry in journals such as Poetry London, An Sionnach (Creighton University Press), Poetry Ireland Review, The Stony Thursday Book, Southword and The SHOp. He has been a contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio 1 and is included in The Best of Sunday Miscellany 1995-2000. His work was also included in Incorrigibly Plural (Lemon Soap Press). He was selected as a part of Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series in 2007. He has recently completed work on a collection titled The Gift of Nails.
His play on a meeting between Sir William Wilde and James Clarence Mangan, Mangan’s Last Gasp, was performed to critial acclaim in Bewley’s Café Theatre in 2013, and another play A New Day was presented at the same venue in May 2014.
Gerard originally trained as an actor at the Samuel Beckett Centre in Trinity College Dublin. Theatre performances include The Flaying of Marsyas by Joe O’Byrne (Flat Lake Festival), Operation Easter by Donal O’Kelly for Calypso Theatre Company, Behind the Green Curtain for O’Casey Theatre Co., Uncle Vanya for Field Day (Gate), Woyzeck, The Sinking of the Titanic, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Cabaret/Kabarett (with Agnes Bernelle) and Departed, all for Co-Motion, Hades and Epic with Upstate. He appeared in The Poor Mouth at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival. where the show won the Guardian Critic’s Award. He also appeared in Berlin Alexanderplatz at the Edinburgh Festival, where he played Franz Biberkopf. Other theatre work includes The Billy Club Puppets for Peter Sheridan and The Salvage Shop (Garter Lane) for Jim Nolan.
Television and film acting credits include Father Ted, Mattie, Kilinaskully, Fair City, Proof 2, Glenroe, Vicious Circle, Rough Diamond, Ordinary Decent Criminal and Angela’s Ashes.
Gerard worked for a number of years in residential care, with young people living apart from their families. He has been active in developing youth arts with socially marginalised young people.