Gerard F. Kennedy

Gerard F. Kennedy Writer

Welcome

‘Every morning between 9 and 12, I go to my room and sit before a piece of paper.  Many times, I just sit for three hours with no ideas coming to me.  But I know one thing: If an idea does come between 9 and 12, I am there ready for it.’ (Flannery O’Connor)

From my desk I have an extensive view of The Pennines.  Sometimes it can be conveniently distracting; but not always.

Until 2011 I was a practising architect.  Now I am a practising writer.

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My Work

novel / 2016

Peddling to The Moon – Synopsis

Timothy dwells in a world darkened by his blindness; the result of a childhood accident.  He has a poetic sensitivity and is inclined towards private contemplation; when he’s not enjoying the pleasure…

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novella / 2012

Lighthouse Shadow – Synopsis

  Berlin’s Oberbaum Bridge has been Stephen’s haunt for almost a decade. It’s where he comes to unwind, to mourn, to dream. On the Oberbaum he’s found by new friends and old. Stephen’s world has…

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short story / 2013

Pathétique

The day before yesterday someone stopped to say hello.  It was a shock, and completely unexpected.  It wasn’t that there was a shortage of people; quite the opposite. The place where I spend my wakefu…

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poem / 2017

Landing Home

In the summer mist A feather Finds the hat It has been looking for.   Gerard F Kennedy 2017

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non-fiction / 2001

An Eye For Cork

    My photographic essay on Cork City was first published in 2001 by the Collins Press.  Here is the Foreword, written by Fiona Shaw.   ‘All photographs are accurate none of them are t…

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broadcast / 2002

A Tale From Two Cities

What are the connections between Belfast and Cork city? The people of the two cities look at the social comparisons and and use their memories to paint a picture of growing up in these unique places.

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My Blog

‘Musical Chairs’, Gerard Hoffnung (1925 – 1959)

When I was a young boy my mother used to take me to visit a friend of hers.  Geraldine Jackson was bedridden.  She always looked happy.  In my childhood innocence I thought she was fortunate to be able to spend so much time in bed.  One day she gave me a little book.  It was entitled ‘Hoffnung’s Musical Chairs’. 

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‘Laughter Lines’, George Melly (1926 – 2007)

The story goes… When George Melly first met Mick Jagger he asked Jagger what all the creases on his face were.

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‘Happy Days’ Sao Luiz do Paraitinga 2008

It was winter, yet light clothing was adequate, and the sun was shining. I first visited São Luiz do Paraitinga in June 2008 en route to the beach in Ubatuba. Although São Luiz has the feel of a small town it has the status of ‘city’. Whilst the square is the obvious focus of the city, I found the ‘ladeiras’ (very steep streets) more intriguing.

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‘A Troubled Soul’, Ferdinand Hodler

On a recent visit to MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo) a painting caught my eye.  I had not heard of the artist before.  The painting, ‘The Woodman’ by Ferdinand Hodler hangs in the ‘transparent, suspended exhibition’ on the second level of Lina Bo Bar …

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