‘I was raised in the shadow of men who wanted to conquer wildness’
Annemarie Ní Churreáin’s debut Bloodroot is dedicated to the women of her family whose voices were not always heard

I grew up in northwest Donegal on bogland named Cnoc Na Naomh. Legend tells that on this hill four men met to decide who among them would convert the area from paganism. It’s a legend I heard all though my girlhood and one that remains popular, not least because it contains all the ingredients of a good story; conflict, strong characters and, of course, the divine intervention of God.

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