Patrick J. Kavanagh (1931-2015)

Poet, lecturer, actor and broadcaster

Collections include One and One and Life Before Death, his novel Song and Dance won the Guardian Prize for Fiction.


Watch him, watch him, that man on a hill whose spirit
Is a wet sack flapping about the knees of time
From ‘The Great Hunger’ in Collected Poems (London: Martin Brian & O’Keeffe Ltd, 1972)


Outside in the cow-house my mother
Made the music of milking;
From ‘A Christmas Childhood’ in Patrick Kavanagh: The Complete Poems (Newbridge: The Goldsmith Press, 1984)




Patrick J. Kavanagh (1931-2015)
by Jemimah Kuhfeld
C-type colour print, July 2009
NPG x134343
© Jemimah Kuhfeld