About


 

Doireann Ní Ghríofa writes both prose and poetry, in both Irish and English. Her artistic practice encompasses cross-disciplinary collaborations, fusing poetry with film, dance, music, and visual art.

Doireann began to write poetry in 2009. Her early work includes 3 Irish-language collections (Résheoid, Dúlasair, and Oighear, all published by Coiscéim), and the bilingual pamphlet A Hummingbird, your Heart (Smithereens Press). Her first collection of poems in English was Clasp (Dedalus Press, 2015), whose "poems excel in their consideration of motherhood" (Poetry Magazine, Chicago). Clasp was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Times Poetry Award, and was joint winner of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize. Doireann’s most recent books are ‘Lies’ (drawing on a decade of her Irish poems in translation), and ‘9 Silences,’ a collaborative book of poems and art, with acclaimed visual artist Alice Maher.

In her role as Ireland Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan awarded Doireann the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014-2015. Doireann has also been awarded The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature (2016), The Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize (2016), a Seamus Heaney Fellowship (Queen’s University, Belfast, 2018), The Wigtown Award for Gaelic Poetry in translation (Scotland, 2012), and the Ostana Prize (Italy, 2018). The Arts Council of Ireland have awarded her four bursaries in literature, and three of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (USA). In 2016, she was selected as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ of Irish poets. 

Doireann is an Associate of Trinity College Centre for Literary Translation, Commissioned Writer for Temple Bar Gallery + Studios 2018, and Artist-in-Residence for Cork Midsummer Festival 2018-2019. More information on current projects is available here

Born in Galway in 1981, she grew up in rural County Clare, learning Irish through the Gaelscoil system of immersion education. She attended university in Cork city, where she variously studied human anatomy, psychology, and literature. She is a qualified teacher, and holds an M.A. in Modern Irish Literature/Nua-Ghaeilge (UCC). Doireann lives near Cork city with her husband and four young children.

 

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