Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer whose poems have appeared in Poetry, The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Examiner and elsewhere. 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, where she variously studied human anatomy, psychology, and literature. She is a qualified teacher and holds an M.A. in Modern Irish Literature/NuaGhaeilge (UCC).
Doireann began to write poetry in 2009. She lives near Cork city with her husband and four young children.
Paula Meehan (Ireland Professor of Poetry) awarded Doireann the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014-2015. She has also been awarded The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, The Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize, and The Wigtown Award for Gaelic Poetry in translation (national poetry prize of Scotland). Three of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (USA).
Doireann’s publications include three Irish language collections Résheoid, Dúlasair, and Oighear (all published by Coiscéim), the pamphlet A Hummingbird, your Heart (Smithereens Press) and Clasp (Dedalus Press, 2015) whose “poems excel in their consideration of motherhood” (Poetry Magazine).
Her poems appear regularly in literary journals internationally, and her writing is frequently broadcast on RTE Radio One. In 2016, she was selected as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ of Irish poets. Doireann is currently writing a sequence of poems in English drawing together strands of Irish history, identity and language rupture.
In Irish, the current focus of her work is on subverting and exploring domesticity. She is active in crossdisciplinary collaborations, active projects include fusions of poetry with film, dance and contemporary art, and always open to engaging with different disciplines.
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