Maeve Kelly event

This Saturday (17 Sept) Arlen House will be launching the collected poems of Maeve Kelly, called A Last Loving, along with a debut short fiction collection from Tanya Farrelly; a new poetry collection from Gerry Boland. It’s at 3pm in Pearse St library, it’s free and all are welcome.

We at Tramp Press are very excited to see Arlen House publish this new work by Kelly, a vitally important, vibrant and yet underrated Irish writer. As part of our Recovered Voices series, Tramp Press will be publishing her 1990 classic Orange Horses as part of the Dublin Book festival on November 11th this year.

Saturday’s launch by Alan Hayes of Arlen House will be an important step in bringing this exceptional writer to contemporary readers.

Here’s the Arlen House info:

And below is some information on Maeve Kelly.

MAEVE KELLY was born in Clare and raised in Dundalk. She studied nursing at St Andrew’s Hospital in London and settled in Limerick. She has broadcast with RTÉ, been a guest speaker at conferences and has written novels, short stories and poems, often dealing with women’s struggle for equal rights. These include A Life of Her Own (Poolbeg, 1976), Necessary Treasons (Michael Joseph, 1985), Florrie’s Girls (Blackstaff Press, 1989) and Orange Horses (Blackstaff  Press, 1990). She won the Hennessy Award in 1972 and in 1978 founded Adapt, a Limerick-based shelter for victims of domestic violence.


‘Maeve Kelly’s voice is very much her own, neat, unflashy, often funny, often sad.’ Financial Times

‘Maeve Kelly writes with assurance, is clearly susceptible to atmosphere and shows a strong feeling for the quirkiness of everyday events.’ Times Literary Supplement