Carlo Gébler

Born in in Dublin in 1954, Carlo Gébler was brought up in London, and studied at the University of York and the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield. He studied for his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast.

He has written several novels including The Eleventh Summer (1985), Work & Play (1987), Malachy and his Family (1990), Life of a Drum (1991), The Cure (1994) How to Murder a Man (1998), The Innocent of Falkland Road (2017 ) and I, Antigone ( 2021); two short story collections, W9 & Other Lives (2010) and The Wing Orderly’s Tales (2016), and several works of non-fiction including The Glass Curtain (1991), Father & I (2000) and The Projectionist (2015). In addition, he has written short stories, travel articles, several retellings including, Aesop’s Fables (with Gavin Weston) (2019), Tales We Tell Ourselves, a selection from the Decameron (2020) and Dark Tales from Fermanagh (with Séamas Mac Annaidh) (2020), along with several works for children including Caught on a Train (2001), shortlisted for a Bisto prize, August ’44 (2003) and The Bull Raid (2005).

His documentary film Put to the Test won a Royal Television Society award in 1999 and his play 10 Rounds (2002) was shortlisted for the Ewart-Biggs Prize in the same year.

He was writer-in-residence in HMP Maghaberry, Co. Antrim 1997 to 2015. He continues to work as a prison teacher In Northern Ireland. In 2016 he joined the staff of the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing in Trinity College Dublin as a teacher of creative writing and is still in post.  He regularly broadcasts on the BBC. He lives in Enniskillen with his wife. He was on the board of the Arts Council from 1999 – 2003.

Photo credit: David Barker

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