David Butler (author)

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David Butler
Born (1964-01-01) 1 January 1964 (age 60)
Dublin, Ireland
OccupationWriter, lecturer, playwright, poet
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Irish
EducationB.Eng (Mechanical), (Hon); Doctor of Philosophy (Ph D) in Spanish Literature
Alma materUniversity College Dublin (UCD)
PeriodLate 20th century - Early 21st century
GenreNovel, Short Story, Play, Poetry
SubjectLife in the margins
Notable worksThe Judas Kiss
Via Crucis
Selected Poems of Fernando Pessoa
The Last European

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David Butler (born 1 January 1964) is an Irish novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet and actor. He has won several literary prizes, such as the Ted McNulty Award from Poetry Ireland and the Féile Filíochta International Award and the Fish Short Story Award.


Butler's work has been generally well received by critics,[1][2] with a reviewer for the Sunday Times describing the main character of The Judas Kiss as being "among the more outlandishly repulsive creations of recent Irish fiction."[3] Author Pat McCabe wrote of City of Dis, which was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2015, “David Butler's compelling mythic, metaphysical X-ray is beautifully written and ought to cement his already growing reputation.”[4] while for the Kirkus Review, the award-winning novel is “A dark romp featuring delightfully crackling dialogue and the mental gymnastics of a protagonist so on edge he tries to silence a yowling cat with poison.”[5]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2001: Poetry Ireland's Ted McNulty Prize[6]
  • 2002: Brendan Kennelly Award
  • 2004: Poetry Ireland Féile Filíochta International Poetry Festival
  • 2013: SCDA ‘Play on Words’ One Act Drama Award
  • 2014: Fish Short Story Award
  • 2015: Cork Arts Theatre Writers’ Award
  • 2016: ITT/Redline Short Story Award
  • 2020: Maria Edgeworth Poetry Award
  • 2021: Benedict Kiely Short Story Award
  • 2022: Colm Toibin Short Story Award
  • 2023: ChipLit Fest Short Story Award

Two-times' winner of the Maria Edgeworth Short Story Award



  • The Last European (2005) novel
  • The Judas Kiss (2012) novel
  • No Greater Love (2013) short stories
  • City of Dis (2014) novel
  • Fugitive (2021) short stories
  • Prague 1938 (2021) novel under pen-name Dara Kavanagh
  • Jabberwock (2023) novel under pen-name Dara Kavanagh


  • Selected Poems: Fernano Pessoa (2004)
  • Via Crucis (2011)
  • All the Barbaric Glass (2017)
  • Liffey Sequence (2021)


  • An Aid to Reading Ulysses (2004)
  • Joyce / Pessoa: The Mirror and the Mask (2004)


  1. ^ Smith, Michael; David Butler (5 May 2004). "The many voices of nobody; Selected Poems of Fernando Pessoa". The Irish Times. Dedalus Press. No tinkering here. Butler's version of the Selected Poems is as good an introduction to the enigmatic character of Pessoa's poetry as exists in English.
  2. ^ Irish Emigrant (5 September 2005). "The Last European - David Butler". The Last European. The Irish Emigrant. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  3. ^ Murdoch, Alan; David Butler (September 2012). "Nice and Sleazy Does it". The Judas Kiss. The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2012. Malcolm Little is among the more outlandishly repulsive creations of recent Irish fiction.
  4. ^ "City of Dis". Archived from the original on 8 October 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  5. ^ Kirkus Review (18 August 2015) https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/david-butler/city-of-dis/
  6. ^ "Ted McNulty Prize". Poetry Ireland. Archived from the original on 27 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012.