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August 23, 2017 / hbrowne4

Sitting in the Shadow of John B Keane by Brendan Palmer

Saturday 19th August 2017, The Inkslingers on tour in Listowel.

To sit at the window and View the street
Where John B Keane wrote is a special treat
His typewriter’s there, his old hardbacked chair
Books of reference on the shelves, notes and clippings on the wall

Looking through the window onto Market street
Thinking of a murderer unrevealed
He saw the character we would meet
The Bull McCabe from his play “The Field”

A picture scene from his first play Sive
Hangs behind the counter in the downstairs bar
The colourful characters he created
Observe a young girl no longer alive

His plays are full of conversation
The pub’s patrons his inspiration
All human life is there
The stories he wrote allowing us all to share.

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