P. J. Kavanagh
He fought in the Korean War, being evacuated as result of his injuries.
Kavanagh has written four novels for adults and two for children. His first, A Song and Dance, was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1968. He was a columnist for The Spectator from 1983 to 1996 and then for The Times Literary Supplement until 2002.
In 1992 his Collected Poems were published and in the same year he was given the Cholmondeley Award for poetry. In addition he has written a travel autobiography, Finding Connections, a literary companion, Voices in Ireland and has edited The Oxford Book of Short Poems (1985), The Essential G. K. Chesterton and The Collected Poems of Ivor Gurney.
He appeared as the nazi-memorabilia-collecting Father Seamus Fitzpatrick in the episode of Father Ted "Are You Right There, Father Ted?".
He lives in Gloucestershire.
- One and One, London: Heinemann, 1959.
- On the Way to the Depot, London: Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1967.
- About Time, London: Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1970.
- Edward Thomas in Heaven, London: Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1974.
- Life Before Death, London: Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, 1979.
- The Oxford Book of Short Poems (co-editor), Oxford University Press, 1985.
- An Enchantment, Manchester: Carcanet, 1991.
- Voices in Ireland: A Traveller's Literary Companion, John Murray, 1995.
- Something About, Manchester: Carcanet, 2004.
- Collected Poems of Ivor Gurney (editor), Manchester: Fyfield Books, 2004.
- P J Kavanagh Reading from his poems, The Poetry Archive 2005
- Collected Poems. Manchester: Carcanet, 1995. ISBN 978-1-85754-212-7
- The Perfect Stranger (autobiography), Manchester: Carcanet, 1995 (paperback).
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