Kevin Kiely was born in Co Down in 1953. He is a poet, novelist, playwright and literary critic. He has received academic degrees from Iowa University, Trinity College, Dublin, and a Fulbright Scholar-Professor Boise State University, Idaho.
As a poet he has published Plainchant for a Sundering (2001) and Breakfast for Sylvia (2005). Winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship 2006.
His novels include Quintesse (1982) and Mere Mortals (1989) which was shortlisted for the Hughes & Hughes Fiction Prize.
His most acclaimed book of literary biography is the study Francis Stuart: Artist and Outcast (2007).
He has also had plays broadcast on RTE Radio including Multiple Indiscretions (1997) and Children of No Importance (2000).
A children’s writer he is currently writing a series for young people. The first was A Horse Called El Dorado (2005).
He lives in Dublin.