Today the Irish Poet Anne Fitzgerald brings viewers of ICC Digital a wonderful reading from her latest collection of poems, ‘Vacant Possession’ from her home, by the sea, in Sandycove Dublin.
Anne’s poetry is hugely admired throughout Ireland, North America and Europe. Her admirers include Ireland’s great playwright Frank McGuinness, who asks: “Is there a poet writing in Ireland who feels so profoundly and knows more surely love’s obsessions, its piercing chronicles, its succour and sorrows than Anne Fitzgerald? The poems in Vacant Possession char the page, leaving their imprint, imperishable, unique.”
The writer Caitriona Palmer says that Anne’s work is: “Raw, poignant, wrenching, and deeply courageous, this beautiful collection of poetry took my breath away. Each poem is a gift, wrapped in luminous, lyrical verse’.
Anne Fitzgerald is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and Queen’s University, Belfast. Her poetry collections are ‘Swimming Lessons’ (Wales, Stonebridge, 2001), ‘The Map of Everything’ (Dublin, Forty Foot, 2006) and ‘Beyond the Sea’, (Co. Clare, Salmon Poetry, 2012).
In 2006 Anne founded Forty Foot Press. She is a recipient of the Ireland Fund of Monaco Writer-in-Residence bursary at The Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco. She teaches Creative Writing in Ireland and North America.