Gerry Smyth

Gerry Smyth (14 September 1961) is an academic, musician, actor and playwright from Dublin, Ireland. He works in the Department of English at Liverpool John Moores University., where he is Professor of Irish Cultural History. His early publications were mainly in the field of Irish literature, although since 2002 he has also written widely on the subject of Irish music. Smyth was an early advocate of postcolonial criticism in Irish Studies, although more recently he has been keen to emphasise the autobiographical dimension of critical discourse. ''Decolonisation and Criticism'' won the American Conference for Irish Studies' Michael J. Durkan Prize for best book published in literary criticism, arts criticism or cultural studies in 1999. ''Beautiful Day: Forty Years of Irish Rock'' (co-authored with Sean Campbell) was launched in the Clarence Hotel in Dublin in September 2005. ''Our House: The Representation of Domestic Space in Contemporary Culture'' (co-edited with Jo Croft) was launched at the Tate Liverpool in September 2006. His collection of critical essays ''Music in Irish Cultural History'' also won the Michael J. Durkan Prize (2009). Smyth has lectured throughout Europe and the United States on various aspects of Irish culture; most recently he was a keynote speaker at IASIL 2017, held in Singapore. In September / October 2006 he was Academic-in-Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. He was appointed Visiting Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Vienna between October 2010 and February 2011. Smyth's latest book is ''Celtic Tiger Blues: Music and Modern Irish Identity'' (Routledge, 2016), and includes analyses of work by James Joyce, the Pogues, Bernard MacLaverty, The Waterboys, Tim Robinson, and Augusta Holmes.

Smyth is a founder member of the Liverpool-Irish Literary Theatre, specialising in the writing and production of plays on Irish literary themes. In 2011 Smyth wrote a two-man show entitled ''The Brother'' which he adapted from the work of Flann O'Brien. He performed the play (with actor David Llewellyn, directed by Andrew Sherlock) at an international Flann O'Brien conference in Vienna in July 2011, and at another international conference in Trieste in May 2012. ''The Brother'' had a six-night run at the Edinburgh Free Fringe Festival in August 2012, and has subsequently been performed at the Eleanor Rathbone Theatre (the University of Liverpool), as part of the 2012 May Festival at the University of Aberdeen, and at the IASIL (International Association for the Study of Irish Literature) Conference in Lille in June 2014. Smyth wrote a companion piece entitled ''Will the Real Flann O'Brien ...? A Life in Five Scenes'' which he performed (in a double header with ''The Brother'') at the 2013 Liverpool Irish Festival, and at the Third Flann O'Brien Conference in Prague in July 2015. The Liverpool Irish Literary Theatre travelled to the O'Brien conference Salzburg in July 2017 to perform a trio of short plays, including two by Flann O'Brien - ''Thirst'' and ''The Dead Spit of Kelly'' - as well as ''The Golden Gate'' by Lord Dunsany.

In August 2017 Smyth's play ''Nora & Jim'' - based on an episode in the lives of James Joyce and Nora Barnacle - ran for six nights at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In October 2018 Smyth’s cabaret adaptation of the album ‘’Murder Ballads’’ by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds premiered at the Liverpool Royal Court. The show played to excellent reviews over three nights; it is currently in development for further performances throughout 2019. Provided by Wikipedia

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