Kelly, Rita

Rita Kelly
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Rita Kelly (var. Rita E. Kelly) was born in Galway in 1953.

Her poetry has been collected as An Bealach Eadóigh (Baile Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, 1984; the bi-lingual Fare Well: Beir Beannacht (Dublin, The Attic Press, 1990); and Travelling West (Galway, Arlen House, 2000).

Her short stories have been collected as The Whispering Arch and other stories (Arlen House, 1986). With her late husband, Eoghan Ó Tuairisc, she published Dialann sa Dísart (Coiscéim, 1981).

Her non-fiction includes Kelly Reads Bewick : Rita Kelly, Poet, Interprets the Paintings of Pauline Bewick (Dublin, Arlen House, Dublin, 2001).

She won the Merriman Poetry Award (1975; The Sean O’Riordain Memorial Prize for Poetry (1980); and was awarded an Arts Council/An Chomhairle Éalíon Bursary for Literature (1985).

She lives in Co Kildare.


Rita Kelly at The National Library of Ireland


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