Annemarie is the Write choice for Kerry

Annemarie Ní Churreáin: an award-winning writer

A NEW writer-in-residence has been appointed by Kerry County Council.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin, a native of Donegal and an award-winning poet and writer of creative non-fiction essays, takes up the post and she said she is looking forward to exploring the marks of history and mythology in the Kerry landscape.

A fluent Irish speaker, in addition to her work with communities and individuals, Annemarie will be touring sheelagh-na-gigs, soaking up the Dark Sky Reserve and looking at the story of Queen Scotia – daughter of an Egyptian Pharoah said to have died in battle in Kerry and be buried in Tralee.

During this residency she will be working towards a new series of poems which explores the theme of female mythological characters in dialogue with Ireland. She will also run a series of structured and themed workshops with students, poets and creative thinkers, encouraging confidence especially among young people, supporting them to start composing, editing and sharing their own poems.

“Wherever a group congregates there is a possibility to explore poetry as a tool that inspires, influences and provokes,” Annemarie said.

The Donegal woman has been awarded literary fellowships by Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany, Jack Kerouac House in Florida and Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. In 2016, she was presented with a Next Generation Artists award by President Michael D Higgins on behalf of the Arts Council.

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