Anne Walsh Donnelly
Poet and Playwright
Anne Walsh Donnelly is an LGBTQ+ writer. Orginally from Carlow in the south-east of Ireland, she now lives in Mayo in the west of Ireland.
She is the author of the poetic memoir, ‘The Woman With An Owl Tattoo,’ and the poetry collection, ‘Odd as F*ck,’ both published by Fly on the Wall press and available to buy on this website.
Her one-act play, ‘My Dead Husband’s Hereford Bull,’ explores sexuality and identity in rural Ireland. It was awarded a bursary from the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2020 and has been performed in various venues including the Amateur Drama One-Act Circuit in Ireland in 2022. A shorter version of the script was runner-up in the Claremorris Drama and Fringe Festival.
Anne says, “I experiment, take risks, run wild on the page, always hoping my work will resonate with the reader. I like to explore the rural Irish LGBTQ+ experience in my plays and poetry.”
She has been described by the Irish poet, Kevin Higgins as “a poet of exceptional bravery, a pretty sensational original voice. I hope the poetry world doesn’t tame her, though no doubt it will try.”
Anne loves to read her work and talk about all things creative. She is available for public readings, podcasts, workshops and interviews. A sample of her reading can be seen here.