Working class poet and playwright
'The rival politicians rise to count heads as if the blame for unemployment among some Protestants was that there is not more unemployment among Catholics, thus hiding the essential issue that there is a scarcity of jobs…’
Carnduff published his first volume of poetry, Songs from the Shipyards, in 1924, followed by Songs of an Out-of-Work in 1932. By this time he had also begun writing for the York Street Players. His first play Workers premiered at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, and its successors Machinery (1933), Traitors (1934), Castlereagh (1934) and The Stars Foretell (1938), played in both Belfast and Dublin.
Thomas Carnduff died in 1956 and is remembered as a complex figure in a working class culture that has produced a number of writers, poets and dramatists of note.