Annemarie Ní Churreáin caught my eye first for the most silly of reasons. We have the same surname and are both from Donegal. Obviously, had her work not hooked me on its merit, her name and origin wouldn’t have sustained lasting interest (My maiden name was O’Donnell and I have no similar interest in Daniel’s work). I found Annemarie in the Stinging Fly, and later surfacing in Poetry Ireland Introductions and sustaining a presence on the Irish writing scene that established her among the writers I followed in the media. Annemarie works hard, travelling to take up literary fellowships in Germany, Florida and Scotland. She is currently Kerry County Council Writer in Residence. Her journeywoman to mastercraftswoman path has been fascinating to watch. In the early days as we were establishing North West Words reading series I had the pleasure of finding and inviting writers to make the journey to Letterkenny and Annemarie read for us on Culture Night in 2015 at one of our Cafe Blend events. I am delighted to be able to attend as Annemarie launches BLOODROOT, her debut collection published by Doire Press, at 8.00pm on the 13th of April in the Shamrock Bar in Falcarragh.
BLOODROOT has been much reviewed including in the Dublin Review of Books by Mary O’Donnell and in the Irish Times by Catriona O’Reilly. It was shortlisted recently for the Shine Strong Award and in the US for the Julie Suk Award.
Annemarie writes eloquently in this recent Irish Times article of her life, her writing and BLOODROOT.
If you cannot make it to Falcarragh on the 13th you can order a copy of BLOODROOT from Doire Press or find it in some of the following Donegal stockists: The Gallery, Dunfanaghy, Olivia’s Boutique, Dunfanaghy, Teach Thomais, Gweedore, and Eason Letterkenny.
Annemarie’s website is http://studiotwentyfive.com/