Brendan Francis Aidan Behan (9th February, 1923 – 20th March, 1964) was an Irish writer, novelist, poet and playwright, writing in both English and Irish. Behan is widely regarded as one of the great Irish writers and poets of all time.
Born in Dublin to a staunchly republican family, Behan became a member of the Irish Republic Army’s youth division at the age of fourteen, and joined the main IRA at 16, leading to him serving time in borstal and prison in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
However, it was this patriotism and growing up in a household with a strong emphasis on Irish history, through literary and patriotic ballads, and the time he spent in prison that made him determined to learn the Irish language, and gave him the love of literature and language that made him so successful.
Today we’re marking the day with some of our favourite quotes from the author, from some of his best known works and personal interviews.
“I’m a drinker with writing problems.”
“They took away our land, our language, and our religion; but they could never harness our tongues…”
“It’s not that the Irish are cynical. It’s rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.”
The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him.
Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.
One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.
If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.
A television series was produced in the 70s and 80s and was loosely based on Ingalls’ books- it starred Melissa Gilbert as Laura and Michael Landon as her father, Charles. She is still celebrated today all across the USA, with museums and honouring her, and her name marking her previous homesteads throughout the country.
A keen writer as a child, Ruskin graduated in 1950 after winning several writing competitions in school including the Irwin Divinity Prize and the Hailey Literature Prize. He wrote one of his first short stories Untouchable when he was just 16 years old.
Recently King has offered one of his short stories for free online. The story is Laurie and follows a man and his journey through the late stages of grief and a beautiful gift his sister gives him to help him through his pain. In typical King style it is richly written, with a story that sucks you straight in (no spoilers).
Follow the link below to read the free short story for yourself.
Born Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. on 2nd March 1930 in Richmond Virginia, Tom Wolfe showed his love for writing early, as editor of the school newspaper. After graduating in 1947, Wolfe turned down an offer for Princeton University and instead attented Washington and Lee University where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. During his time at university he majored in English, was sports editor of the university newspaper and helped to found a literary magazine, Shenandoah giving him plenty of opportunity to practice his writing and journalistic skills. Read More
This fantastic writer would scoff at anyone who proclaims that politics should be kept away from literature. We’ve gathered 10 of her most insightful quotes here for your perusal…