Doireann Ni Ghriofa: ‘I don’t think we have anything to fear from the kingdom of the dead’

The bilingual poet’s book of prose A Ghost In The Throat – which won Irish Book of the Year at the An Post Book Awards – sees past and present, and the worlds of the dead and the living, circle and echo each other endlessly

19th December, 2020
Doireann Ni Ghriofa: ‘I don’t think we have anything to fear from the kingdom of the dead’
Doireann Ní Ghríofa: ‘The manic performance of domestic labour can sometimes mean that your own whirlwind of thought gets switched off or slightly turned down.’ Photo: Clare Keogh

During the first Covid-19 lockdown, Doireann Ní Ghríofa found herself going each day to the graveyard in Tower, Co Cork, where she lives with her husband and four children.

“I found myself going round and round the graves. I did it so many times, almost without realising what I was doing,” she said.

“And one evening I remember the sun was going down, and the backs of all the graves...

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