Brendan Kennelly, described by the Irish Times as ‘the balladeer of our age’, was born in County Kerry in 1936. He has published over 30 books of poetry, alongside plays, novels and criticism. For thirty years he was Professor of Modern Literature at Trinity College, Dublin. His poems are full of people and voices, and music is an abiding theme. His Selected Poems was published by Bloodaxe in 2011.