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 award winning Irish composer, performer and documentary maker. Having studied with Jose Manuel Lopez Lopez in Paris, he has become a regularly commissioned composer for choral, ensemble and orchestral work at home and abroad. He composes regularly for stage, and a new opera, "A Month in the Lock" will premiere in 2017. Recent notable work includes TARDIGRADE, a music/dance-theatre collaboration and winner at the 2014 Dublin Fringe Festival, and What You Forget, a landmark choral/installation work commissioned for the 1916 Centenary commemoration celebrations.


Michael is the lead singer and songwriter with Dublin-based band Ana Gog, and he also regularly performs as a pianist, often incorporating improvisation with electronics into the live show. He has been involved as both composer and maker on several award-winning documentary projects including Vocal Chords, a series made with singer Iarla Ó Lionáird on the nature of the human voice which won Gold Medal at the 2016 New York Radio Awards. Michael is the Artist-in-Residence in the Trinity Long Room Hub for 2016.  Visit Michael's website

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.

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