Kevin Griffin – November 13th, 2019

Joe McGill’s guest on In Conversation is Kevin Griffin who is from Killorglin and is about to launch a new book of poems called ‘Holding Salamanders’. He received a BA in English and Latin from UCC in 1968, and went on to complete the Higher Diploma in Education, 1969, returning to Killorglin to take up a teaching position at his former school, the “Carnegie,” now the ISK. He retired in 2009 and has since devoted himself to writing poetry. He was a keen athlete for many years winning, among many other distinctions, an All-Ireland gold medal at 400m over-55, representing his club Iveragh AC. His poems have appeared in magazines and journals not only in Ireland, but also in the US, Canada, Austria, Northern Ireland, England and Cyprus, and he has read his work a number of times on local radio. He was shortlisted for the Phizzfest Poetry Prize in 2011, and for the Fish prize in 2012.