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WORDWEAVER—THE LEGEND OF BENEDICT KIELY

Director: ROGER HUDSON

IRELAND-U.K. • 2004 • COLOUR • DIGITAL VIDEO • 55 MIN


WE’RE PLEASED TO HOST A SPECIAL SCREENING OF THIS SHORT FEATURE TRIBUTE TO THE LATE, GREAT BEN KIELY.
Novelist, short story writer, journalist, broadcaster, literary critic and notorious raconteur, Benedict Kiely was one of the great figures of 20th century Irish literature. Born near Dromore, County Tyrone, Kiely grew up in Omagh, where he was educated by the Christian Brothers. In 1937 he entered a Jesuit seminary to study for the priesthood, but during a lengthy convalescence from a spinal ailment he decided that the religious life was not for him. He took an arts degree at University College Dublin and was already an established journalist before the publication of his first novel, Land without Stars, in 1943. Made in collaboration with the author, this film also features contributions from friends and contemporary artists such as Seamus Heaney, John Montague, Tom Kilroy, Val Mulkerns, Colum McCann and Steven McKenna.

Roger Hudson, Val Mulkerns and Tom Kilroy will attend the screening.

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