Annemarie Ní Churreáin2023-02-15T11:27:38+00:00

About the Poet

ANNEMARIE NÍ CHURREÁIN is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht, Ireland. Her books include Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017), Town (The Salvage Press 2018) and The Poison Glen (The Gallery Press, 2021). She is a co-librettist of Elsewhere, a new opera by Straymaker (IRL). Ní Churreáin is a recipient of the Next Generation Artist Award from the President of Ireland on behalf of the Arts Council of Ireland and a co-recipient of The Markievicz Award. She has received fellowships and awards from the Jack Kerouac House (Florida), Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris) and Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany). Her work has been translated into Galician, Italian and Lithuanian. In 2023 Ní Churreáin is Writer in Residence at Reindhardt University in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.) and is touring festivals in U.S. and Europe. Ní Churreáin is a 2023 Guest Editor of Poetry Ireland Review (Summer Issue).

“…political, folkloric, lyrical”

Sinéad Gleeson , writer, editor, freelance broadcaster

“…a poetry of furious energy and stunning verse-craft…She has given us a masterpiece.“

Thomas McCarthy, Dublin Review of Books, Read full review!

The Poison Glen

“The story of the stolen or missing child sits at the heart of The Poison Glen, alongside a desire to bear witness to family loss and cultures of silence in Ireland. Weaving together landscape, history, and the compelling mythology of a Donegal site known as ‘The Poison Glen’, here are poems of grit and burning, of wildness, grace and magic, of dreaming and compassion. The collection is rooted by ‘The Foundling Crib’, a poem that dwells on a long-gone Foundling Hospital in Dublin, accompanied by poems written as responses to sites of various Irish church- and state-run institutions. In poems both tender and ferocious the book illuminates questions that run deep in the Irish psyche. Ultimately it asks, How can darkness be overcome by light?”

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“Ní Churreáin often captures a whole world of cultural and historical implications in a single, simple, but metaphorically rich image.” The Yale Review

“In this remarkable debut collection,Ní Churreáin bears witness to the lived experiences of women, including those Irish women who for too long have been overlooked and silenced; women like Ann Lovett, Joanne Hayes, and the many nameless, disregarded women who lived lives of imprisonment within Irish Institutions; women whose stories are haunted by the ever present spectre of the patriarchal Irish State. Ní Churreain’s poems both captivate and challenge.” Dr. Sinéad Kennedy, Department of English, Maynooth University.

“A work of muscle and grit, of vision and clarity, BlOODROOT is truly exceptional. Among the strongest debut collections of the decade” Doireann Ní Ghríofa.

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TOWN is a new fine press book project from Dublin based The Salvage Press. Poetry by Annemarie Ní Churreáin  Photography by Rich Gilligan. Design, typography and letterpress printing by Jamie Murphy. Binding by Craig Jensen. Photographs hand-printed by Barb Wilson. Handmade paper by Velké Losiny Mill.

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A Blessing of the Boats by the Village Mothers

Solas Writers Retreat

An immersive weekend of poetry, landscape & stories in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht

February 25th – 27th, 2022.

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“new talent shines in Annemarie Ní Churreáin’s The Poison Glen”

John Kerrigan, Times Literary Supplement, 2021


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