Rita Kelly

Life
1953- ; m. Eoghan Ó Tuairisc, 1972, with whom issued Dialann sa Díseart (1981); An Bealach Eadóigh (1984), poems; also Frau Luther (1984), a play; The Whispering Arch and Other Stories (1986), and Farewell/Beir Beannacht (1990), poetry; a fluent German-speaker, she brought her own Whispering Arches to the Irish stand in Hamburg Book Fair, 1987. OCIL

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Works
Poetry
  • with Eoghan O Tuairisc, Dialann sa Díseart (Coisceim 1981), [8], 48pp., trans. as Travelling West (2000);
  • An Bealach Éadóigh (Coisceim 1984), 47pp.;
  • Farewell/Beir Beannacht (Dublin: Attic Press 1990), 95pp.;
  • Turas go Bun na Spéire: Rogha Dánta is Nua Dhánta, sel. by Máirín Nic Eoin (Cló lar-Chonnachta 2009), 115pp.
 
Drama
  • Frau Luther (1984).
 
Fiction
  • The Whispering Arch and Other Stories (Dublin: Arlen House 1986), 119pp. [contents];
  • Sweeping Beauties: Fairytales for Feminists (Dublin: Attic [1989]), 64pp., ill.
 

Miscellaneous

  • ed., Cavan Anthology (Cavan Co. Council 2000), iv, 134pp.;
  • with Pauline Bewick, Kelly reads Bewick (Galway: Arlen House 2001) [1 v., unpag., col. ill., 42 cm.]

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Bibliographical details
The Whispering Arch and Other Stories (Dublin: Arlen House 1986), 119pp. CONENTS: The conifers; Soundtracks; Trousseau; Opening Night; The Whispering Arch; En famille; The Intruders; The Cobweb Curtain; Midland; Miss Rountree's Poor Chickens.]

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Commentary
Colin Graham
, reviewing David Wheatley, Misery Hill (Gallery), 95pp., with works of Peter Sirr and Rita Kelly, writes: ‘[Rita Ann Kelly is at her best when making the most of the anecdotal. She is disarmingly endearing and perceptive in recounting her experiences and friendships. Too at times too close to naivity and over-simplification, she does have an ear for a finely tuned line and an eye for detail which usually saves her. [...] Rita Ann Kelly’s poetry is gently teasing and humanely open.’

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References
Louise deSalvo, Kathleen Walsh D'Arcy & Katherine Hogan eds., Territories of the Voice: Contemporary Stories by Irish Women Writers (Boston: Beacon Press 1989), incls. “The Intruders”, pp.86-92.

An Léitheoir (Earrach [Feb.] 2009) [Foras na Gaeilge pub. notices with Books Ireland], lists Turas go Bun na Spéire, with comment: ‘Rita Kelly has poems of many kinds, some to make your heart thump and bring tears to your eyes, powerful poems indeed.’

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