About Brendan Kennelly

Brendan Kennelly - (born 1936) is a world renowned, prolific Irish poet and novelist. Until 2005 he was Professor of Modern Literature at Trinity College, Dublin. It is fitting that Brendan has written the first line of the gathering poem because he is known as 'The People's Poet' avoiding intellectual pretension and literary posturing, his attitude to poetic language could be summed up in the title of one of his epic poems, “Poetry my Arse”. Another long (400-page) epic poem, “The Book of Judas”, published in 1991, topped the Irish bestseller list. He is just a warm, smiling, Kerry man, everyman.