Gerald Dawe has been publishing his poetry since 1978 and is the author of twenty collections of poetry and literary essays, including The Lundy Letter (for which he was awarded a Macaulay Fellowship), Lake Geneva and Selected Poems. During this period he has also dedicated his time to the encouragement of writing in his students from many different cultural and educational backgrounds.
From 1988 to 2017 he taught at Trinity College, Dublin where, in addition to a professorship in literature, he created, with the poet Brendan Kennelly, the M.Phil in Creative Writing (the first degree course of its kind in any Irish university) and was the founder director of the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing. Gerald has also held visiting professorships at Boston College, Villanova University and Pembroke College, Cambridge.
The Irish Times identified Gerald's “subtlety and lyric control” in his “graceful and apparently effortless incorporation of the human struggle for transcendence”, while the American novelist Richard Ford has written that Gerald Dawe's work is “serious, often grave, but inculcated with such sympathy and passion and affection”.