Eamon Kelly an Appreciation by Jack Lynch
Eamon Kelly 1913 - 2011
Born in the Slieve Luachra area of Co. Kerry, the actor and storyteller Eamon Kelly trained as woodwork teacher before discovering a calling to the stage.
He made a notable career for himself, first as a radio actor with the Radio Éireann Players and later on stage in The Gate and The Abbey Theatre. In 1966 he was nominated a Tony Award and won a New York Critic's Award on Broadway for his role of the father, S.B.O'Donnell, in Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come! Besides his acting excellence it is as a storyteller that many remember him.
Interview with Eamon Kelly
EAMON KELLY INTERVIEWED
In Dublin Magazine 1980
On stage Eamon Kelly speaks with the musical sensibility of a sean-nós singer and moves with the grace and precision of Buster Keaton. In his one-man shows he weaves stories to create a hilariously chaotic world of magnificent lies, held together by a quiet acceptance of the strange and the mysterious. These performances are both precisely Irish and artfully universal. He would be as much at home, I imagine, around the communal fire of an African village as he is in the hall of a small country town or on the stage of the Peacock, in the centre of Dublin.
When I met him recently, we began by talking about carpentry, the trade which he practised, as did his father before him, for a time in his native town of Glenflesk, near Killarney, before he became an actor – first as an amateur, then with the Radio Éireann Repertory Company and now with the Abbey and in his own unique versions of the ancient art of storytelling.
Canadian Adventures by Pat RyanIn December 2010 I was called by Warren Carriou, director of the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (CCWOC) at University of Manitoba. He was offering me the post of writer-in-residence, and I accepted.
CCWOC opened in 2008. It’s the first institution of its kind in North America, focusing on creative practices and scholarly research in both oral and literary cultural activities. Every year it hosts a writer or teller in residence. From September through December 2011 I found myself in a wonderful place, full of new friends and new adventures. Read more
STONE SOUP: A Rich Mix of Canadian Storytelling by Pat RyanPatrick Ryan, PhD, FEA, Storyteller, is the Research Fellow, at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.
December 2010 I received an invitation to be writer/teller in residence at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. Come September 2011 I arrived in a thriving city on the Canadian prairies, with one of the most active storytelling scenes I’d come across. With so much to learn and do, the job turned out to be an exciting cultural and educational experience.Read more
Dáithí Ó hÓgáin on Storytelling
Transcription of unscripted talk given by Dáithí Ó hÓgáin at the Launch of the Irish Storytelling Handbook, 26th May 2004 at the Verbal Arts Centre, Derry.Read more
Storytelling Training and Skills
An address by Donald Smith
of the Scottish Storytelling Centre
A language-support project for children from immigrant familiesRead more
Storytelling at School
by Kristin WardetzkyRead more