John Kelly with music by Gaby McArdle
John Kelly’s collection of poetry, Notions, was published by Dedalus Press in 2018. His novel From Out of the City, was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2014. His radio play The Pipes, starring the celebrated Beckett actor Barry McGovern, was broadcast on RTE.
John is also one of Ireland’s best-known broadcasters. A SONY, EMA & multiple PPI award-winner, he has presented some of the most critically acclaimed programmes on the Irish airwaves including his cult radio show Mystery Train and The Works Presents – a series of in-depth television interviews with leading figures in the world of arts and culture. John, who is originally from Enniskillen, says: “I’m really looking forward to reading at home. I’ve done most of the literary festivals this year but this is the big one. Everything for me has its roots in Fermanagh and I consider it a very great honour to be invited to take part in Fermanagh Live.”
John will be joined by his friend and acclaimed author Séamas MacAnnaidh and renowned traditional singer and musician Gaby McArdle.