Patrick J. Kavanagh (1931-2015)

Poet, lecturer, actor and broadcaster

An older man with light skin tone, seated and holding a pipe while smiling at the camera P.J. Kavanagh, by Jemimah Kuhfeld, July 2009, NPG x134343, © Jemimah Kuhfeld

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)