Still In The Dreaming – New Kerry Poetry Anthology Ready to Launch

Kerry County Council Writer in Residence, Annemarie Ní Churreáinwho edited and steered the new anthology of poetry by Kerry poets.

One of the key responsibilities of a Writer in Residence when they are engaged by Kerry County Council, is the role of mentoring and supporting emerging writers as well as new writing talent in the county.

One of the fruits of this labour is a new anthology of poetry by Kerry poets edited by Writer in Residence Annemarie Ní Churreáin.

John Moriarty Inspired

The title of the anthology ‘Still In The Dreaming’ takes its name from a reference by Kerry scholar John Moriarty who described the county landscape as ‘still in the dreaming.’

The book features poems that inspire, challenge and celebrate. It includes contributions by sixteen poets who were selected via an open-call out and who met during the summer of 2018 to help group-edit the final poems.

Launch on Wednesday

Still In The Dreaming will be launched at Muckross House on Wednesday 28th November next at 7pm. Anyone with an interest in poetry is invited and the evening will include a drinks reception, music and a series of readings by Kerry poets.

“The evening is very special for everyone involved and for some, this might be their first time being published and that, is a very important milestone for poets who are progressing their career in the field”, said Annemarie Ní Churreáin in conversation about next week’s event.

Writer in Residence

The Kerry Writer in Residence position is made possible with support of Kerry County Council Arts Office, with the support of Kerry County Council, Muckross House Trustees, National Parks and Wildlife Service, The Arts Council and Creative Ireland.

“The anthology is a beautiful production and we want to complement all the poets involved and Annemarie for working so diligently to bring it all together,” said Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer with Kerry County Council.

The Poets Involved

Still In The Dreaming’ is comprised of the work of Barbara Derbyshire, Bernadette Ní Riada, Conor Cleary, Elizabeth Murtough, Faye Boland, John McGrath, Kevin Griffin, Lola Scollard, Lorraine Carey, Marian Relihan, Mary Lavery Carrig, Michael Joyce, Noel King, Paul Murphy, Philomena Hearne (nee Stack) and Victoria Kennefick.

Copies Available

Copies will be available to purchase on the night and can be bought for a limited time through the Arts Office at Kerry County Council. They will also be available for loan through Kerry Libraries. Should you wish to attend the launch please email to register your name for the evening.

About Annemarie Ní Churreáin

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from Donegal. Her books include ‘Bloodroot’ (Doire Press 2017) and ‘Town’ (The Salvage Press 2018). Her work has been shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland and for the North Carolina Julie Suk Award.

She has been awarded literary fellowships by Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany; by the Jack Kerouac House in Florida and Hawthornden Castle in Scotland.

In 2016 Annemarie was the recipient of a Next Generation Artists Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.

More information about Annemarie’s work is available from

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