In 1984 poet, novelist and academic, Brendan Kennelly was a guest on The Late Late Show where he chatted to Gay Byrne about his latest book of poems 'Moloney Up and At It', and how it differs from his work 'Cromwell',
Kennelly talks about the transition between these two pieces of work, described by Gay Byrne as "from the tragic to the bawdy".
Kennelly comments that
in any personality there are very many strands... and in writing what you try to do is express the complexity of your character.
While the work 'Cromwell' is described as 'tragic', with 'Moloney Up and At It' Kennelly says that he found "laughter". He further comments that "comedy is much harder than tragedy".
He talks of his ambition to write about Christianity and its connection with other aspects of life.
This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 17 November, 1984.
Brendan Kennelly, in an RTÉ Television studio in November 1977. Photograph by Eve Holmes.