|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.