Brendan Kennelly – Imprint: Writer in Profile

Loopline Collection, TV Series, Imprint: Writers in Profile
Directed by:
Bob Collins, Garry Keane, Barrie Dowdall
Produced by:


30 mins

Irish poet and novelist Brendan Kennelly is a prolific author of over 20 poetry collections as well as plays, novels and criticism. In this episode, his work including My Dark Fathers and four plays – Antigone, Medea, The Trojan Women and Blood Wedding is explored. Theo Dorgan and Kennelly then delve into the role of the poet and stimulating themes of adventure and rebellion through the power of the imagination. Kennelly notes the writing of William Blake as an influence on his work and his admiration for the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh.

Imprint, a literature review programme, and its sister show Imprint: Writer in Profile screened on RTÉ1 for three seasons. Both were presented by Irish poet, writer and lecturer Theo Dorgan. Over the course of the Writer in Profile series Dorgan conducted extended, in-depth interviews with a wide range of Irish and international writers including Colm Tóibín, Bernard MacLaverty, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O’Connor, Michael Longley, Doris Lessing, John Montague, Eavan Boland, Gore Vidal, Richard Ford and Margaret Atwood. This episode is part of The Loopline Collection Volume 1. To watch more of the collection click here.