John Maher is an Irish writer and Middle East scholar. His novel, The Luck Penny (2007), was shortlisted for best debut novel on BBC Radio 5. His doctoral thesis (SOAS, University of London), was published as “Slouching Towards Jerusalem: Reactive Nationalism in the Irish, Israeli and Palestinian Novel” (2012). A former teacher, he has lectured in Near Eastern Languages at UCD and has been guest lecturer and Visiting Research Fellow in the Dept. of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King’s College, London.
John Maher worked in the Schelling studio.
Marian Nevins MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…