Dwina Gibb

Dwina Murphy-Gibb is an author, artist, and playwright, born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Educated in Northern Ireland, she attended Hornsey Art College in England. During this time, Dwina won many an art competition, winning first prize in County Tyrone at merely 10 years of age.

Her first exhibition was held when she was but 14-years old, in Eccles, Lancashire. She also began writing stories at just 9-years of age, performing and winning many a poetry award. She later wrote and directed dialogues and stage-plays, and painted sceneries and backdrops for both plays and for other play-writes, including scenery for ballet performances. Her art has since been exhibited at the Jonathan Poole Gallery in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

She illustrated the definitive work of Sappho of Lesbos: The Poems (illustrated and published in 1990) which was translated by her good friend and a close friend of the Gibb family in general, the Classicist and Egyptologist Terence DuQuesne. She also helped in the production of the associated audio recordings of a later reprint of the poems in Ancient Greek and English, respectively (2016).

Dwina was co-founder of ‘The Yeats Club’ organising poetry competitions whilst circulating a publication called “Celtic Dawn” an international literary magazine. She has maintained a lifelong interest in ancient Irish history and mythologies the world over, comparative religions, esoteric studies, and colloquial dialogues.

She is Patroness of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and supports Earth conservation and clean water action.

Dwina studied Raja Yoga meditation with the Brahma Kumaris, teaching spiritual wisdom classes in UK, Ireland and Isle of Man.

She has published three volumes of poetry: Ergot On The Rye (1988) Butterflies and Drums (1989) and Love Unbound. (2003).

Dwina is the author of the novels Cormac: The Seers, Cormac: The KingMaking (Pan Macmillan publishers) and Cormac: The Sage, creating the trilogy of Cormac mac Airt, a 3rd century High King in Ireland. Her short stories have been included in a collection of Irish folk stories written by contemporary writers.

Dwina performed her prose and dialogues of “The Gabby Aggies” for a one-woman-show at the Irish Arts Centre (a theatre in New York) Irish festivals in the USA, Manx Radio, Irish radio, UK radio, Australian radio, and for private literary events across the globe.

Her play “The Last Confession” was performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London and its later form: “Last Confessions of a Scallywag” was successfully run at The Mill at Sonning Theatre in England.  She has been the producer and co-producer of several films. The Murphy family remains in Ireland and Dwina currently resides in Oxfordshire and the Isle of Wight. She is widow to the late Robin Gibb of Bee Gees fame, mother of their son, Robin-John Gibb, company CEO, music producer, composer, and singer-songwriter; and has two stepchildren: Spencer, singer/musician, and photographer, and Melissa, who has an interest in poetry and languages. Dwina is grandmother to four beautiful and talented grandchildren, had four beloved Irish wolfhounds, and currently owns three 70+ year-old tortoises.

(She is happy to have beaten Sligo in ladies’ football, and to have been runner-up to Miss Kilskeery way back when…)

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