Gerardine Burke is a novelist and short story writer. In 1988 she took a career break from her job as a teacher of History and English to write full-time.

She spent five years in the United States where she wrote Surrender and Regrant, her historical novel set in 16th century Ireland. This novel provides an historical backdrop to the present day political situation in Northern Ireland.She also has written historical short stories dealing with recent events in Irish history.

While in the US she completed a creative writing course in Holyoke College, Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Her latest novel is Braided Loves, a modern tale of the turmoil caused by alcoholism and the effects it has on a young woman and her family.

She has read her work at the Over The Edge Series of Readings at Galway City Library.

She has been short-listed for the 2005 Francis McManus Short Story Award.

In 2006 she was long-listed for the Fish Historical Short Story Competition.

She has been a Director of an Arts Festival in Tuam, Co Galway for many years.

She is also a former radio correspondent with North West Radio.

She is co-owner of Wordsonthestreet - Literary publishers. www.wordsonthestreet.com

Gerardine Burke