Poet and short-story writer Annemarie Ní Churreain’s love of poetry was sparked in her Donegal Gaeltacht home when she was a child.
But it was not the written word that first caught her imagination. Rather, she was swept up in the spoken poetry, storytelling and song she heard all around her in Cnoc na Naomh, Derryconnor, outside of Gort an Choirce.
“My grandmother told me a lot of folklore stories -- she would have given me piseoga,” Annemarie recalled. “She had a lot of rhymes and poems and stories, and it more or less started there.”
“I was well aware of what words could do from a very early age,” Annemarie told Poetry Ireland, the Irish poetry journal, in a 2013 interview.
Annemarie next month becomes the first Irish person selected as a writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac project in Orlando, Florida, living and working in the one-time home of the late, great Beat novelist and poet.
She is our Thursday Interview in today’s Donegal Democrat.