John Maher was born in Dublin. A former teacher, he has lectured in Near Eastern Languages at UCD and has been guest lecturer and Visiting Research Fellow in the Dept. of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King’s College, London.
His doctoral thesis, ‘Slouching Towards Jerusalem: Reactive Nationalism in the Irish, Israeli and Palestinian Novel’ (SOAS), was published in 2012. It deals with the reality of visceral, grassroots nationalism – as opposed to purely ideological nationalism – in a number of novels from the various traditions. This academic study parallels his literary interest in setting the individual against the backdrop of major social and political movements.
His literary and academic awards include:
- Arts Council of Ireland Bursary in Literature
- Shortlist for Debut Novel, BBC, Radio 5
- Lar Cassidy Memorial Award, Arts Council of Ireland
- Academic Travel Bursary to Egypt (UCD)
- Francis MacManus Short Story Award (RTE)
- PJ O’Connor Radio Play Award (RTE)
- Summer Study Bursary, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
- Ireland-USA Exchange Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts/Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig
- Marianne Pallotti Fellowship, Djerassi Resident Arts Program, California, USA
- Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, USA
- Laois County Council Artists Bursary