Kiely, Benedict

Benedict Kiely
Benedict Kiely. Image source aosdana.artscouncil.ie

Benedict Kiely was born in 1919, near Dromore, Co Tyrone.

His short stories collections include A Journey to the Seven Streams (London, Methuen 1963); A Ball of Malt and Madame Butterfly (London, Victor Gollancz 1973); A Cow in the House (London, Victor Gollancz, 1978); The State of Ireland: A Novella and Seven Short Stories (Boston, David R. Godine 1981); A Letter to Peachtree (London, Victor Gollancz, 1987); and The Collected Stories of Benedict Kiely (London, Methuen 2001).

His novels include Land Without Stars (London, Christopher Johnson, 1946); Call for a Miracle (London, Methuen 1948); In a Harbour Green (London, Jonathan Cape, 1949); Call for a Miracle (London, Methuen, 1948); The Cards of the Gambler (London, Methuen, 1953); Honey Seems Bitter (New York, DP Dutton, 1952/London/Methuen, 1954); There Was an Ancient House (London, Methuen 1955); The Captain with the Whiskers (London, Methuen 1960); Dogs Enjoy the Morning (London, Victor Gollancz 1968); Proxopera: A Tale of Modern Ireland (Victor Gollancz 1977); and Nothing Happens in Carmincross ( Victor Gollancz/ Boston, David R. Godine, 1985).
He has also published the children’s story The Trout in the Turnhole (Dublin, Wolfhound, 1996).

HIs non-fiction includes Counties of Contention: A Study of the Origins and Implications of the Partition of Ireland (Cork, Mercier 1945); Poor Scholar: A Study of the Works and Days of William Carleton 1794-1869 (London & New York, Sheed & Ward, 1947/ Dublin, The Talbot Press, 1972); Modern Irish Fiction: A Critique (Dublin, Golden Eagle Books, 1950); All the Way to Bantry Bay and Other Irish Journeys (London, Victor Gollanz, 1978); Benedict Kiely, A Raid into Dark Corners and Other Essays (Cork University Press, 1999). His autobiography is Drink to the Bird: An Omagh Boyhood (London, Methuen 1992).

He was literary editor of The Irish Press for 15 years.

A member of Aosdána, he lived for many years in Dublin.

He died on February 9th, 2007.



Wordweaver, The Legend of Benedict Kiely
Coldwater TV coldwater1972’s Youtube Channel
part of a documentary on the great Irish writer, with Seamus Heaney, Colum McCann, Val Mulkerns, Tom Kilroy and John Montague.

The Guardian Obituary

Benedict Kiely at The National Library of Ireland