Anne Walsh Donnelly

Anne Walsh Donnelly

Author and Poet

Anne Walsh Donnelly is a multi-award winning writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. She is a single mother of two teenagers. Originally from Carlow in the south-east of Ireland, she moved to Mayo in the west of Ireland, twenty-four years ago, where she now lives.

Anne works as a student services officer in a third-level college and writes in her spare time. She says of her writing that, “it is my playground. I experiment, take risks, run wild on the page, always hoping that my work will resonate with the reader. I write my emotional truth and bring my whole-self to my writing.”

She has been described by the Irish poet, Kevin Higgins as “a poet of exceptional bravery, a pretty sensational original voice. I hope the poetry world doesn’t tame her, though no doubt it will try.”

Anne is available for public readings and inspirational talks. A sample of her reading can be seen here.

Awards and recognition for Anne's work

Shortlisted for the 2019 Hennessy Literary Award for her poetry.

Winner of the OTE Fiction Slam in 2018

Winner of the Spring 2018 Blue Nib poetry chapbook competition and was joint runner up in the Poems for Patience competition in 2019.

Selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2019 and read at the International Festival of Literature Dublin in May 2019.

Shortlisted for the Fish International Prize and the RTE Radio One Frances Mac Manus competition.

Available Now, Demise of the Undertaker's Wife

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Demise of the Undertaker’s Wife is an impressive debut from Anne Walsh Donnelly. With her close observation of the human psyche, her razor-sharp pen delineates the world of murder, cruelty, control, with an eye that is sharp, unsettling and clearly demonstrates her lyrical talent. She shines a spotlight on the brokenness of life, the fear of silence and the desperate need for the characters to find someone to communicate with, whether it is with Iscariot or the Angel Gabriel. The voices are always true and convincing. I still cannot get the demise of the poor undertaker’s wife out of my head. That’s exactly what a good short story should do. 

Geraldine Mills, author and poet.

The Woman With An Owl Tattoo

The Woman With An Owl Tattoo

This life-affirming poetry collection reflects on the author’s growth since the ending of her marriage and what it means to unearth one’s true sexual orientation, in mid-life. Anne Walsh Donnelly’s intimate exploration of sexuality and identity is both brave and touching, marking this debut collection as a triumph.

“Anne Walsh Donnelly is by far the most daring poet to emerge in Ireland of late. The starkly honest and overt sexuality which pervades Anne’s poetry make the work of pretty much all her contemporaries appear repressed and backward-looking in comparison. This publication would certainly have been banned in the Ireland of the past. Indeed, she is one of the few poets around whose work has the glorious ability to get moralistic, supposedly liberal eyebrows twitching. Anne’s poems are pretty perfectly formed hand grenades which she tosses about the place with abandon while maintaining a deadpan face. I think this publication is the beginning of something great.”

– Kevin Higgins, Author of Song of Songs 2.0: New & Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2017).

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Recently recorded interview with Anne

In an exceptionally moving interview Irish poet and fiction writer Anne Walsh Donnelly opens up with her incredible journey of identity and integrity. 

What reviewers Say

Anne Walsh Donnelly is a candid poet. There is little to nothing coy in her writing; if there were, her writing could not be her own. Understanding that is key to enjoying her first chapbook The Woman with an Owl Tattoo. Reading this chapbook is to enter Anne’s life, her mind, her experiences. Once you enter, you’ll not go away the same person.
Anne Walsh Donnelly is brave, she is a poet who writes with integrity. To my mind she is among the strongest of the new voices to emerge in Irish poetry in the past decade. On first reading Donnelly, you are left with impression that ideas come to the poet fully formed, her style is simple, often writing in the colloquial, but when examined closely, the true craft of the work emerges. In this volume Anne documents her own journey of self discovery in a frank, open and glorious fashion. It may bruise the sensibilities of some but will be a joy to most..
Anne Walsh Donnelly is by far the most daring poet to emerge in Ireland of late. The starkly honest and overt sexuality which pervades Anne’s poetry make the work of pretty much all her contemporaries appear repressed and backward-looking in comparison. This publication would certainly have been banned in the Ireland of the past. Indeed, she is one of the few poets around whose work has the glorious ability to get moralistic, supposedly liberal eyebrows twitching.

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