with generous support from Dubray Books

Claire Keegan and Annemarie Ní Churreáin explore some of the darkest times in recent Irish history with compassion and grace in their most recent work. Ní Churreáin’s collection, The Poison Glen, ties traditional tales of stolen children to a series of responses to church- and state-run institutions which separated mothers from their children. Keegan’s Small Things Like These (a runaway bestseller), features the family of a coal merchant in Co. Wexford in 1985, and his discoveries in the convent and training school at the edge of town. Moderated by the poet Elaine Feeney, this conversation is sure to be a powerful one.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Bloodroot (Doire, 2017), was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award. Ní Churreáin is a recipient of The Next Generation Award from the Irish Arts Council and a co-recipient of The Markievicz Award. The Poison Glen is her first collection with The Gallery Press.

Claire Keegan was brought up on a farm in Ireland. Her stories have won numerous awards and are translated into more than 20 languages. Foster was named by The Times as one of the top 50 novels to be published in the 21st Century. Keegan held the 2021 Briena Staunton Fellowship at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Elaine Feeney is a writer from the west of Ireland and she has published three poetry collections including The Radio was Gospel & Rise (Salmon Poetry). Feeney lectures in poetry and Creative Writing at The National University of Ireland, Galway.


Event Location

An Taibhdhearc

19 Middle St, Galway, H91 RX76

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The main auditorium is step free, and there are accessible toilet facilities. There are two accessible parking spaces either end of Middle Street and three spaces on Saint Augustine Street opposite. There is a Loop system. HEPA filter will be in use