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  • Miriam Gallagher, Irish Playwright, Novelist & Screenwriter
    who called it A paradigm for our times Her film Gypsies screened in Ireland UK New York San Francisco and at International Children s Film Festival Hyderabad India She received Arts Council European Script Fund awards for Girls in Silk Kimonos feature length screenplay celebrating Constance Eva Gore Booth Other awards include MHA Tv Script Award for Kevin EU Theatre award a Writer s Exchange to Finland and recently The Parting Glass int prizewinner of the Near Far Playwrighting Contest USA and her play Doracha Mór agus Seoltóirí Ghaoth Dobhair best new script award at An Gríanán Theatre Letterkenny Co Donegal Miriam has served on the committees of Irish PEN Irish Writers Union Irish Copyright Licensing Agency Society of Irish Playwrights and as a judge for the O Z Whitehead Play Competition She has been a visiting lecturer at universities in Dublin Galway Athens New York Boston Pretoria Her Mss are in the National Library and film work in the Irish Film Archive Song for Salamander When Salamander Quinn decides to liberate all the lost souls at St Job s Infirmary he embarks on a Kafkaesque journey Powerful forces determine his ultimate destiny See fiction for more information Fancy Footwork

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    novel Song for Salamander 2004 Trafford launched at Dublin s United Arts Club by Macdara Woods a leading Irish poet who called it a paradigm for our times Her short stories are published international ly and in anthologies of Irish Writing She has also written commissioned essays for The Irish Times Irish Medical Times film literary arts educational journals including World Literature Today Learn Entertainer and Epona Mi riam has worked in France Crete as an Au Pair in Switzerland at the Pestalozzi Children s Village and in Cavendish Square London as a Montessori Assistant She studied at the University of London and University College Dublin As a Licentiate of the London College of Speech Therapists she has practised in Dublin hospitals clinics combining this with her writing career A founder member and former chairman of the Irish Association of Speech Language Therapists her book Let s Help Our Children Talk 1977 O Brien Press came out in several editions and is translated into Dutch She has lectured at University College Dublin post graduate Special Education and at the Royal Victoria Eye Ear Hospital post graduate ENT Nursing Her work has been broadcast by Rté Radio television and by BBC Radio Her film Gypsies broadcast by Rté also s creened at the Irish Film Centre Galway Film Fleadh Foyle Film Festival Cinemagic Belfast New York s Lincoln Center Plaza cinemas San Francisco at International Children s Film Festival at Hyderabad India Her full length screenplay Girls in Silk Kimonos celebrating the Gore Booth sisters received Arts Council and European Script Fund Awards Other awards include MHA Tv Script Award EU Theatre award and a Writer s Exchange to Finland In 2006 The Parting Glass was a prizewinner of an international playwrighting competition and Doracha Mór agus Seoltóirí Ghaoth Dobhai r

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    LEMON SOUFFLÉ Bittersweet Comedy Cast 3F 4M Set in the Old Abbey suggested Performed Pentameters London Andrew s Lane Theatre Dublin Drama Festivals Ireland Australia EASTER EGGS Short Comedy Cast Magician F or M 4F 2M Adults play Children Set in Mabel s Party Place suggested Performed Andrew s Lane Theatre Dublin UK Canada USA The Philippines KALAHARI BLUES Comedy Cast 2F 2M Set in a run down house in the early 1990 s Performed Galloglass Theatre Company s National Tour 2001 MIDHIR THE FIREFLY Celtic Tale of Midhir and Etain Cast 2F 3M CHORUS F or M Dancers music dance Performed Martin Murphy High School Hollister California THE RING OF MONT DE BALISON Comedy Cast People of Ranelagh from 1208 1988 Set Ranelagh gardens past present suggested Mime dance music Performed Dublin Millennium Project 1988 Ranelagh and Rathmines THE MIGHTY OAK OF RIVERWOOD for children Cast Woodland Creatures Mighty Oak Wise Woman Mayor etc Set in a Woodland suggested Performed Gate Theatre Dublin and Crypt Arts Centre Dublin Castle NASTURTIUMS CHERRY BUNS Comedy Cast 3F Set in a smart city café suggested Performed Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest by Nightblue Theatre Back to top CAROLAN S CAP Comedy celebrating Turlough O Carolan 1670 1738 the great Irish Harper Composer Cast 1M Musician s Performed Nat Concert Hall Rté Radio Carolan Festival Keadue Helsinki Turku Tallin Estonia Saratoga Springs USA NOCTURNE comedy celebrating Irish composer John FIELD 1 782 1837 Cast 1F 2M Pianist Performed National Concert Hall Dublin Millennium Field Days Festival Int Field Festival Maynooth university Carrick Watermusic Festival LESSONS WITH CHOPIN celebrating Fryderek Chopin 1810 1849 Cast 1F 2M doubling Pianist Performed Edinburgh Festival Fringe BOHEMIANS comedy celebrating the Irish born composers Michael W BALFE 1808 1870 William V WALLACE 1812 1865 Cast 1F 2M Pianist Performed

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    Miriam Gallagher 53 Upper Beechwood Ave Ranelagh Dublin 6 Ireland Or Email gallaghermiriam eircom net info miriamgallagher ie Drama A Wasteland Harvest and Other Plays Mirage 2014 ISBN 9780953820047 Available from the Internet theatre Bookshop admin stageplays com OR from the Author see panel opposite Song for Salamander 2004 Trafford Bloomington Indiana USA ISBN 1 4120 1299 6 Fiction Short Stories Pusakis at Paros and Other Stories 2008 Trafford Victoria BC Canada ISBN 978 1 4251 4977 2 These books are available from Trafford Publishing Orders from within EU countries and UK orders uk trafford com Orders from any other country including USA Canada orders trafford com OR from the Author see panel Let s Help Our Children Talk 1977 79 O Brien Press hdbk ppbk ISBN 0 905140 20 6 Leer Uw Kind Praten 1979 Dutch Translation by Maria Brandt Buys Commissioned by arts film educational journals by Irish Times Irish Theatre Forum UCD British Film Institute Contexts EPONA literary journal and WP Journal Books Ireland 2014 Books Ireland 2011 Books Ireland 2008 World Literature Today Modern Ireland Theatre 2007 Medicine Weekly Haikus in Croatian Language Therapy 2006 Books Ireland 2006 Irish Women Writers An A To Z Guide

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    Cinemagic Lincoln Center New York Plaza Cinemas San Francisco ICFF India Galway Film Fleadh Festivals in Foyle Tralee Waterford Broadcast twice by Rté Audrey Behan Frank O Sullivan in Gypsies Roisin Deady Lighting cameraman Shane O Neill Roisin Deady in Gypsies Girls in Silk Kimonos Celebrating Constance Eva Gore Booth 1988 Arts Council 1989 European Script Funds awards From Ehkaterina with Love Celebrating John Field creator of the Nocturne KEVIN

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    his rare chatty moods Fruit bats at sundown Flying high over the poolside bar Making straight for the fruit trees I could not give a fig about the Great Man s tropical experiences His function was to hear about mine In my dreams I m collecting samples of marine life from the ocean bed for National Geographic My fear of drowning is gone Even the prospect of public acclaim doesn t bother me But the Great Man was not listening Those bats were as regular as clockwork You could time your second G T by them I let it all wash over me There was silence in the carpeted oasis Just the two of us alone in green leafiness Marooned in the tropics Locked into our own dreams I coughed You know how one of the sharks keeps talking to me in shark language of course could that be my shadow self Dr Porterre grunted I waited Then from the green leafiness came the sound of snoring The Great Man was asleep From Whitsun I m glad to hear you re taking your medication you said Oh yes Indeed I never miss a pill It was true I looked forward to a new prescription and never risked disapproval by hiding pills in my pyjama pockets or behind the radiators If I so wished I could write a book about pills My experience has made me something of an expert Before the catastrophe my skills were needed in the ward where I was beginning to achieve a reputation of sorts Whenever new patients appeared they soon learned to seek me out for information and advice about tablets and potions I enjoyed the feeling of being helpful Besides I could barter my own brand of wisdom for more material rewards such as cigarettes and bottles of fruit drink As you know real drink was forbidden Understandable really It clashed with the effects of pills bringing out symptoms of mania in some of the otherwise docile and depressed patients besides completely overturning the prescription arrangements Fortunately I was there to calm down an obstreperous patient or advise a downhearted one so that general regularity could be restored to the ward If given new pills I professed a modest improvement in my general morale Any display of elation meant the risk of being put on a heavy dose of tranquilisers When my prescription remained the same for several weeks I declared myself somewhat down in the dumps but not suicidal The distinction was crucial Being down in the dumps meant a little help could cheer you up whereas anyone who was suicidal needed constant watching often in a locked ward 2004 Trafford Victoria Canada ISBN 1 4120 1299 6 This book is available from Trafford Publishing Orders from within EU countries and UK orders uk trafford com Orders from any other country including USA Canada orders trafford com OR from Miriam Gallagher see contact page A published short story If you want to meet the Paros pusakis take the winding road from Parikia where the ferries land and cross the island to Drios It s simple once you know how Just wend your way down through Podromos and Lefkes until you get to Drios village When you arrive ask for Nissiotiki Spiti You reach it by going down a dusty path passing the Anchor Taverna on your right and an ancient dovecote on your left At the end of the path you re there It looks more like a private house than a small hotel Just walk through the gate painted that deep blue of the Cyclades to match the shutters and enter the garden where cascades of bouganvillea glint in the sun like clusters of purple jewels Go around the corner of the house And there glimpsed through a profusion of scarlet hibiscus is the sea An endless expanse of sparkling turquoise Majestic serene Perfect The place exudes peace No mechanical sounds of any kind And no transistors None The pusakis don t like them For sheer kefi these creatures of taste and discernment are a leap ahead of the languorous cats of Crete But I forget myself Wherever there are free spirits there is no contest That first morning we breakfast on honey and joghurt under a tamarisk tree I gaze out at the islands Hazy shapes emerge shimmering in the heat dissolve and disappear I look towards Naxos thinking of Nora She begged us to come and stay Next time we promised Only there wasn t a next time A black cat appears on a low wall between our table and the sea I offer joghurt while G tries to interest a tortoiseshell mother and her family in some bread Two white kittens tumble into the group who wait patiently while we drink our coffee They consume the remains of our joghurt and scamper off into a tangle of trailing greenery We give our cats Greek names like Plato Sappho Orpheus Plato alas manifested none of his namesake s greatness A weedy little thing he loved to immerse himself most uncatlike in pools of water Perhaps he was meditating on the meaning of Life All too soon despite reviving drops of cognac in his milk he departed Lethewards to taste the Stygian darkness Sappho came to us in a friend s pocket one Autumn evening She was a tabby wise with gleaming eyes and more a philosopher than a poet When she gave birth in our bedroom her purring woke me in the night I crept out of bed moving gently towards the sound Four tiny kittens were huddlling in her fur She purred as if she d got the Nobel Prize for Feline Motherhood Perhaps my delight in this miracle gave her ideas She would bring the kittens to our bed for safe keeping while she resumed her nocturnal meanderings In her own way she helped me mourn After my mother s death I found it hard to cry Really

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    Hall Helsinki Estonia USA 1985 Labels Dublin Theatre Festival 1985 Omlettes Pentameters Hampstead London Dublin Th Festival Zurich Drama Fests South Africa 1985 Lemon Soufflé Pentameters Hampstead Andrews Lane Th Dublin Zurich Drama Fests USA Australia 1984 Dreamkeeper ContemporEire 84 and USA Drama Festivals 1984 The Sealwoman and the Fisher ContemporEire 84 Canada Drama Fests 1983 Fancy Footwork Dublin Theatre Festival King s Head London Chicago Milwaukee New York Int Fringe Fest 2014 A Wasteland Harvest World Premiere Ranelagh Arts Festival Staged Reading 2011 by 9Thirty Theatre NYC 2011 Lessons with Chopin World Premiere Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010 Green Rain Ardhowen Theatre Enniskillen Arts Festival 2010 Chopin in Paris collaboration with Pianist Una Hunt Westport Arts Festival Dublin Birr Kilkenny 2010 Nasturtiums and Cherry Buns Chicago Nightblue Th at Gaelic Park Irish Fest 2008 Dorcha Mór agus Seoltóirí Ghaoth Dobhair An Gríanán Theatre Letterkenny Co Donegal commissioned by Scoil Chonaill Bunbeg 2007 The Gold of Tradaree Glór Theatre Ennis Co Clare tour Clare Co Co production commissioned under the Per Cent for Arts award 2004 to celebrate Clare 2001 Kalahari Blues Galloglass Theatre Co Commission Nat Tour 2001 The Mighty Oak of Riverwood Gate Theatre Dublin Crypt Dublin Castle commissioned

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    info at miriamgallagher dot ie Ranelagh Arts Festivl 2014 presents the Irish Premiere of A Wasteland Harvest directed by Conor Armstrong Sanfey Following the successful BOOK LAUNCH of A Wasteland Harvest and Other Plays These plays in Miriam s fifth collection of Dramas were recently premiered at The Bridge theatre Off Off Broadway New York at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at Chicago s Gaelic Park Irish Fest EASTER EGGS Asian

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