One of Ireland’s most admired literary writers, Benedict Kiely was born near Dromore in County Tyrone in 1919. His long and successful career spanned the writing of novels, short stories and memoirs. He was also well known as a raconteur and broadcaster on TV and radio. Benedict Kiely lived for many years in Dublin. He was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1996. He died on 9 February 2007. In August 2019, New Island will publish a new selection of his short stories to mark his centenary.