The launch of Selected Stories by Benedict Kiely

"Ireland is a place where stories are still told, deliciously and by masters of the art, of whom Benedict Kiely is one, perhaps the foremost." - Guy Davenport, New York Times Book Review

Tuesday night (27.09.11) at The Gutter Bookshop saw the launch of Selected Stories by Benedict Kiely. Frances Kiely, the late Ben's wife, gathered with friends and fans to celebrate this new collection which gathers together some of the best examples of Benedict Kiely's work - a true and gifted man of letters.

Seán O'Keeffe, Liberties Press Publisher, introduced Gerald Dawe and shared a few words about Benedict Kiely. Seán recalled how Ben once said, 'If you weren't banned, you were no bloody good!' Benedict Kiely was banned, perhaps proof of his talent; however, we're inclined to believe that you need no other proof than his writing. 

Gerald Dawe spoke with enthusiasm, knowledge and warmth about Ben's short stories, agreeing with Colum McCann when he said 'Ben Kiely was - and therefore is - one of the great voices of 20th century literature.' Gerald stated that Selected Stories is a collection for this generation because Ben was a writer ahead of his time. You can listen to Gerald's speech here

All in all, it was a lovely evening of good friends reminiscing about a wonderful man and his writing that will not, and should not, be forgotten.