Denis Kehoe

Lecturer in Visual Culture/Access Scheme Tutor/English Language Tutor
Denis Kehoe


Denis Kehoe was born in Dublin in 1978. He is a novelist and lecturer in Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, where he also works as a tutor on the Access Scheme and as an English language instructor. He has recently been exploring the world of queer performance as Esther Raquel Minsky in conjunction with the writing of his fourth novel.

Traces of the Flood - site-specific, illustrated, serialised novel - www.tracesoftheflood.blogspot.com (July 2012 - February 2013)

Walking on Dry Land - novel (published by Serpent’s Tail, London, February 2011)

Nights Beneath the Nation - novel (published by Serpent’s Tail, London, September 2008)

Guest lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel  (June 2018)

Guest lecturer at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (May 2018)

Traces of Esther (exhibition of photographs by Andre Henrique) - Betty Bojangles, Smithfield, Dublin (December 2017)

The Faces of Esther (exhibition of photographs by Aniz Duran) - Lucy's Lounge, Temple Bar, Dublin (September 2017)

Panellist at discussion ‘Queer Representations in Irish Writing’ as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin (May 2017)

Guest lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel (November 2016)

Guest speaker on Inverse LGBT creative writing course in Dublin (April 2015)


Research interests include Representations of Women in the Modern/Postmodern City, Queer Psychogeography, Queer Performance, Queer Irish Cinema, Gender and Sexuality in Yiddish and Polish Literature and Cinema.

Current and recent research
Currently working on a PhD proposal - ‘Representations of the Polish Jewish Women Working in Prostitution in Poland and Brazil, 1880 - 1939’.

Currently working on an article ‘Visual and Literary Representations of as polacas (Polish Jewish women working in Prostitution) in Brazil, 1880 - 1939’ - it is proposed the article will be published in Studia Judaica (Krakow, Poland).

Researching and writing a fourth novel.

Awards and Grants

Small Grant Research Funding from the National College of Art & Design to continue proposed PhD research and the study of Yiddish at the Bibliotheque Medem, Paris(June 2018)

Travel and Training Award from The Arts Council to travel to Brazil and continue working on a fourth novel, The Wanderings of a Warsaw Girl (April 2016) 

Small Grant Research Funding from the National College of Art & Design to develop a PhD proposal/fourth novel/associated art projects/continue studying Yiddish and Polish in Warsaw in July 2016 (February 2016)

Travel and Training Award from the Arts Council to travel to Poland to study Yiddish and Polish and research a fourth novel (July 2014)

Travel and Training Award from the Arts Council to travel to Poland to study Yiddish and Polish and research a fourth novel (July 2013)

Travel and Training Award from the Arts Council to travel to Poland to study Yiddish and Polish and research a fourth novel (June 2012)

Literature Bursary from Dublin City Council to work on Traces of the Flood (July 2011)

Literature Bursary from the Arts Council to complete Walking on Dry Land and begin working on Traces of the Flood (June 2010)


Performance Piece as Esther Raquel Minsky at Room, Stoneybatter, Dublin (June 2018)

Cyclops - an adaptation of the Cyclops chapter of Ulysses by James Joyce, The Joyce Stagers, Stoneybatter, Dublin (February/June 2018)

Esther Speaks (monologue performance) - Mother Tongues Festival, Dublin (February 2018)

Performance Piece as Esther Raquel Minsky at Soul Noir Festival of the Dark Arts, Dublin (October/November 2017)

In a Glass Darkly (performance piece) - The National College of Art and Design (March 2017)

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