Carlo Gébler was born in Dublin in 1954. He is the author of novels including The Cure (1994), How to Murder a Man (1998), A Good Day for a Dog (2008), and The Dead Eight (2011), the short-story collection W.9. & Other Lives (1996), the memoir Father & I (2000), the narrative history The Siege of Derry (2005), and two travel books, Driving through Cuba (1988) and The Glass Curtain (1991). He has also written several plays for radio and stage, including 10 Rounds, which was shortlisted for the Ewart-Biggs prize (2002), and Belfast by Moonlight (2013), which was premiered at St George’s Church, Belfast as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s. He has also written for children and reviews widely. In 2008 he co-wrote the memoir, My Father’s Watch, with Patrick Maguire, the youngest of the Maguire Seven.
Carlo has taught creative writing at Trinity College, Dublin (where he has been writer-fellow four times), Queen’s University Belfast, and HMP Maghaberry, where he has been writer-in-residence since 1997. He was elected to Aosdána in 1990 and was chairman of the Irish Writers’ Centre from 2007 until 2009. He is also an occasional broadcaster and director of network television documentaries. His film Put to the Test won the 1999 Royal Television Society award. His most recent film is The Siege (2013), a history documentary about the 17th-century siege of Derry, which he wrote and presented. He is married, with five children.