Blanaid Salkeld was born in Chittagone, India (now Pakistan), where her father was a friend of Rabindranath Tagore, and grew up in Ireland. She returned to India with her husband in 1902, and spent a further six years there. On her husband’s death in 1909, she she returned to Ireland and joined the Abbey Theatre.
Her poetry collections are Hello, Eternity (London, Elkin Mathews 1933); A Dubliner (Dublin, Gayfield 1942); The Fox’s Covert (London, JM Dent 1935); The Engine is Left Running (Gayfield 1937); and Experiment In Error (Kent, UK, Hand & Flower Press 1955).
She wrote verse plays in the 1930s, including Scarecrow Over the Corn (Dublin, Gate Theatre, 1941), with sets designed by Louis le Brocquy.
Her Dublin literary salon was attended by such writers as Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O’Brien. Her son, Cecil ffrench Salkeld was a leading Irish artist, and her granddaughter Beatrice Salkeld married Brendan Behan.
She died in 1958.