NEW BOOK BY IRENE NEMIROVSKY
BRENDAN KENNELLY: BEHIND THE SMILE
The biography of Brendan Kennelly, Brendan Kennelly: Behind the Smile by Sandrine Brisset explores both the life and the work of Ireland’s best-loved poet. Written with his full support and in close collaboration with the author, the book was authorised by him prior to publication. He recited poetry and praised Dr Brisset during the well-received launch of the book at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.
Since the 1960s, readers of poetry, television viewers and radio listeners have developed a special relationship with Brendan Kennelly, the mercurial poet, broadcaster and Trinity College Dublin professor. He became the jovial, roguish and charming Kerry poet that the public knows so well. This mask conquered many Irish hearts and Kennelly assumed the role of the nation’s poet confessor. But despite the warmth and affection he enjoys, there is a dark side to Kennelly. This gripping account of Brendan Kennelly's life and work takes the reader on a journey from public comedy to private tragedy. Written by a French scholar, BRENDAN KENNELLY: BEHIND THE SMILE offers readers the critical perspective of an outsider who has become an insider.