Walk the line: Doireann Ní Ghríofa on the writing life

The Irish poet, whose prose debut A Ghost in the Throat has been one of the books of the year. Here she speaks to Brenda McCormick about failure, inspiration and becoming a time hunter

8th November, 2020
Walk the line: Doireann Ní Ghríofa on the writing life
Doireann Ní Ghríofa, poet and author of A Ghost in the Throat: ‘As a writer, time is my biggest obstacle.’ Photo: Bríd O’Donovan

I first came to writing from grief. I actually didn’t start writing until my late twenties. When my grandfather was on his deathbed, the whole family was called to the hospital to say goodbye to him. I was on my own with my first baby so I didn’t go and, as I was getting the baby to sleep, lines of a poem came to me in Irish and in rhyme. I presumed it was just...

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