Brian Keenan

Biography of Brian Keenan

Brian Keenan (b. 1950 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish writer whose work includes the book An Evil Cradling, an account of the four and a half years he spent as a hostage in Beirut, Lebanon from 11 April 1986 to 24 August 1990.

Keenan was born into a working-class family in East Belfast in 1950. He left Orangefield School early and began work as a heating engineer. However, he continued an interest in literature by attending night classes and in 1970 gained a place at the University of Ulster in Coleraine. Other writers there at that time included Gerald Dawe and Brendan Hamill. In the mid 1980s Keenan returned to the Magee College campus of the university for postgraduate study. Afterwards he accepted a teaching position at the American University of Beirut, where he worked for about four months.

Brian Keenan's Works:

An Evil Cradling, 1991
Turlough, 1996
Between Extremes: A Journey beyond Imagination (With J. McCarthy) 2000
Four Quarters of Light: An Alaskan Journey, 2005
I'll Tell Me Ma, 2010

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