Anthony Cronin, Irish poet, novelist, biographer and critic, was the subject of a 'Writer in Profile' broadcast in 1976.
In this extract, presenter Augustine Martin asks Cronin why he decided to return to Ireland after a relatively nomadic life, about his latest book 'Dead as Doornails' and his plans for the future.
Cronin has made a definite commitment to staying in Ireland and part of this means he will not allow circumstances to drive him out again.
I would starve publicly on the street rather than go again, that was my commitment.
Cronin's latest work 'Dead as Doornails' is a memoir of Dublin literary life in the 1950s and includes tragic characters Flann O’Brien, Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan. He is keen to point out that the book is not a straightforward history of the era but more of an oblique recollection.
Augustine Martin finds the account of the time Cronin spent on the continent and in Ireland with Behan very amusing, leading Cronin to comment,
I don't think anything is any good that isn't funny as well.
Given the choice, Cronin would write nothing but poetry, but that said, he is currently finishing a novel.
This edition of 'Writer In Profile' was broadcast on 9 August 1976.