Felicity Clear and Michael Gallen

Merlin Holland is the son of the author Vyvyan Holland and his second wife, Thelma Besant, and is the only grandchild of Oscar Wilde. Although he is a direct male-line descendent of Oscar Wilde, his last name is Holland because Wilde's wife, Constance, changed her children's surname to Holland, an old family name on her side to avoid shame after Wilde's trial for gross indecency, and subsequent imprisonment and fall from grace.

For the last 30 years Holland has studied and researched Wilde's life. He is the co-editor, with Rupert Hart-Davis, of The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde and the editor of Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquess, the first uncensored version of his grandfather's 1895 trials, (also titled The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde for release in the US).

Anne Markey completed an M. Phil in Irish writing and a PhD on Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales in the School of English, TCD, where she taught for several years. She is currently President of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature and works as a literature tutor with the Open Education Unit of Dublin City University. Her award-winning research focuses on Oscar Wilde; P. H. Pearse; early children’s fiction; and literary representations of childhood. Among other publications, she is editor of Patrick Pearse: Short Stories (2009); author of Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Tales: Origins and Contexts (2011) and co-editor of Folklore and Modern Irish Writing (2014).


Jarlath Killeen is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning for the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. He has written five monographs: two on Oscar Wilde, The Faiths of Oscar Wilde (Palgrave, 2005); The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (Ashgate, 2007) - and three on Gothic literature: Gothic Ireland (Four Courts Press, 2005) Gothic Literature, 1825-1914 (University of Wales Press, 2009); The Emergence of Irish Gothic Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2013). All five focus extensively on the significance of religion in cultural studies. He has also edited two collections of essays on major writers of Irish Gothic literature, Oscar Wilde (Irish Academic Press, 2010) and Bram Stoker (Four Courts Press, 2013).


Eleanor Fitzsimons is a researcher, writer, journalist and occasional broadcaster. Her first book, Wilde's Women: how Oscar Wilde was shaped by the women he knew was published by Gerald Duckworth & Co. in 2015.





Michael Gallen is an Irish composer, singer and performer from County Monaghan who was brought up primarily with Irish traditional and folk music and later pursued composition studies in Paris. Michael says he is most comfortable meandering at the borders of different musical styles. Recent work includes Wilde Stories, a suite for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Cór na nÓg responding to Oscar Wilde's fairy tales;  What You Forget, commissioned for the Ireland 2016 project and A Breaking, developed in collaboration with Chamber Choir Ireland. A new operatic work entitled Extraterrestrial Events (w. Company Philip Connaughton) premiered in Paris in March 2017, with further performances at Dublin Dance Festival (May) and Cork Opera House (October). Michael's Wilde Stories composition was featured in the National Concert Hall's "Composing the Island" series in 2016. He has been involved in several collaborations with dance and theatre, including TARDIGRADE (w. Company Philip Connaughton) which was a winner at the 2014 Dublin Fringe Festival and Age of Transition (w. Aoife McAtamney) which premiered at the Abbey Theatre in 2016. A new music-theatre work entitled A Month in the Lock is currently in development in collaboration with Crash Ensemble and Opera Theatre Company's "Opera Hub".


Michael has been a participant at the MAKE programme in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Dublin Theatre Festival's "Next Stage" programme, and residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Cill Rialaig and Cois Tine Soundscapes. His work with Athena Media includes Vocal Chords, a series presented by singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. That series has won multiple awards at the New York Radio Festival including Gold in 2016 and 2017.


Michael is the guitarist, writer and lead vocalist with the Irish band Ana Gog and he performs as a solo pianist under the moniker Sudden Wells. He is the current Artist in Residence at the Trinity Long Room Hub and is the 2017 recipient of the Dublin City Music Bursary Award. His work is represented by the Dublin Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Composers.


Visit Michael's website

Audio Interview with Michael

Michael Gallen's Music for Wilde Stories

Michael Gallen is the young Irish composer who is creating an suite of music for Wilde Stories.

Visual artist

Felicity Clear is an award winning visual artist, born and based in Dublin. Her work primarily, large-scale drawings and more recently animation, explores ideas of space, structure, stability and failure.

She has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally, including: The Irish Museum of Modern Art; Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; Crawford Museum Cork; The National Gallery of Ireland; Limerick City Galley; Contemporary Arts Society London; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai.

Her work is included in many public and private collections including, Goldman Sachs UK, The Arts Council, Allied Irish Bank, National Drawing Collection at Limerick City Gallery, The Butler Gallery Collection. Visit Felicity's website


Felicity Clear is an Irish artist who is creating artwork for the Wilde Stories project


Robert Sheehan is one of Ireland’s most exciting young film and television actors and his body of work includes lead roles in RTÉ’s Love/Hate and Channel 4’s Misfits. Robert most recently appeared on stage as RICHARD III in Trevor Nunn’s acclaimed production of THE WAR OF THE ROSES at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. He is currently shooting a role in Season 2 of Fortitude for Sky Atlantic/Tiger Aspect/Warner and stars in upcoming backpacker thriller 'Jet Trash'.


Robert will soon appear in Dean Devlin’s latest feature GEOSTORM playing the role of Duncan for Warner Bros and due for release in 2016. Robert has also recently completed filming on features Jet Trash and plays a leading role opposite Rupert Grint and Ron Perlman in Moonwalkers (currently on general release). Robert narrates the Wilde Stories series and reads The Happy Prince story.


A rising star of Irish theatre, Lauren Coe is a graduate of The Lir and a prodigious talent. She is a regular standout at The Gate Theatre, starring in Romeo and Juliet and more recently A View from The Bridge. She voices The Nightingale and the Rose and The Devoted  Friend.

Brian Gleeson, son of Brendan and brother of Domhnall, comes from truly great creative stock. Now a fixture of Irish acting in his own right, he is perhaps most well known for his role in RTÉ’s Love/Hate. Brian reads The Remarkable Rocket and The Selfish Giant for the Wilde Stories project.

Athena Media

Athena Media is an award-winning transmedia content company. We create broadcast, digital and online content and tell engaging stories. Athena Media is located in the Digital Hub in Dublin and in MediaCityUK Manchester.


The Athena Media team is Helen Shaw, Amy Millar, John Howard, Pearse Ó Caoimh, Robert Hope and Cormac McAdam. athenamedia.ie

All content © Athena Media 2015. No reproduction without permission

  Wilde Stories is an Athena Media production made with

 support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland,

RTÉ lyric fm and Dublin City Council.