John B. Keane was born in Listowel, Co Kerry in 1928.
He published forty-six works, but is best known for his plays which inlcude Sive; Sharon’s Grave; The Man from Clare; The Year of the Hiker; The Field (which was adapted as a film of the same name); Many Young Men of Twenty; Big Maggie; Moll; The Crazy Wall; The Buds of Ballybunion; The Chastitute; and Faoiseamh.
His novels are The Bodhran Makers; Durango; The Contractors; A High Meadow.
He has published many books of humourous essays and letters, including Letters of a T.D.; Love Bites, and Owl Sandwiches. He has published one book in Irish, Dan Pheadí Aíndí. His biography is Man of the Triple Name.
He is a former president of Irish P.E.N., an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Dublin Society, a D.Litt (hon.causa) Trinity College Dublin; Hon. Doc. Fine Arts, Marymount Manhattan College.
A founder member of the Society of Irish Playwrights, he was a member of Aosdána.
He lived in Listowel, Co Kerry, and died in May 2002.
An excerpt from an interview of John B. Keane by Brendan Kennelly