C A Joyce

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Cyril Alfred "C A" Joyce (1900-) was a British prison manager and headmaster of an Approved School.

He served in the army during World War I, and afterwards in the Army Education Corps.[1] He then took a degree at University College, Southampton.[1] He joined the prison service in 1922.[1]

One of his charges at Borstal was the young IRA volunteer and novelist Brendan Behan, known for his autobiographical novel, Borstal Boy.[2]

He appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 30 October 1971.[3]

A biography of Joyce, The hidden boy, by Richard Heron Ward, was published in 1962[4] His autobiography, Thoughts of a Lifetime, was published in 1971.[5]

Joyce's wife was an accomplished sculptor.[1]




  1. ^ a b c d O'Sullivan, Michael. "Brendan Behan: A Life". Google Search. pp. 61–68. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Writers in the DIB: Brendan Behan (1923-1964)". Dictionary of Irish Biography. Royal Irish Academy. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : C A Joyce". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Ward, Richard Heron (1962). The hidden boy: The work of C.A.Joyce as headmaster of an approved school. Cassell. 
  5. ^ Joyce, C A (1971). Thoughts of a Lifetime. Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0551000391.