Peter Cursed Murphy
Peter Murphy is a writer, spoken word performer, journalist and actor. He is the author of two novels, John the Revelator (2009) and Shall We Gather at the River (2013), published by Faber & Faber in Ireland and the UK, and by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the US and Canada. His fiction has been translated and published in Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Holland, Germany, Serbia, Romania and the Commonwealth countries, and nominated for the Costa, the Kerry Group Fiction Prize and the IMPAC. He also helped develop the radio drama Coma with Kevin McCann, which won the silver prize at the PPI Broadcasting Awards in 2015.
Peter’s journalism and nonfiction has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, the Irish Times, Hot Press and Huffington Post. He has released two albums with the Revelator Orchestra, The Sounds of John the Revelator and The Brotherhood of the Flood. For ten years he was a regular panellist on RTE’s arts review show The View with John Kelly, and was also a presenter on RTE’s The Works.
Peter has most recently appeared as an actor in Eoghan Rua Finn’s play The Kill God, directed by Laura Way, and Basciville’s video ‘Sweet October’. Last winter he curated Cursed Murphy’s Laboratory, a series of public performances from established and emerging Wexford artists, plus guests, operating in all disciplines: music, visual arts, literature, film,
theatre, spoken word performance, dance, and more. He will shortly appear in Michael Way’s production of Sarah Kane’s play 4.48 Psychosis.
He is currently at work on his third book, and is about to release his first track – entitled ‘Foxhole Prayer’ – under the name Cursed Murphy.