Brian Keenan has worked as a teacher and community arts worker. In 1985, he took up a post at the American University of Beirut where he was abducted and held hostage by Islamic terrorists for five years. Two years after his release he wrote an account of his captivity titled An Evil Cradling, which has since won four national and international awards. He has since written four other books, Between Extremes, Four Quarters of Light, Turlough and I'll Tell Me Ma. Keenan has been a writer in residence at Trinity College in Dublin. He is currently working on a collection of short stories.