Anne Casey is a poet and author who writes about grief and loss for home and family.
Her work is deeply personal yet strikes a universal chord with many of us who had experienced the loss of our home or the grief we feel because of a loved one who's died. The power and joy in Anne's writing springs forth from how she finds ways to celebrate the wonder, beauty and hope in our lives, where we live them and who we go through this journey with.
Her 2017 poetry collection "where the lost things go" (published by Salmon Poetry) explores these themes with great sensitivity and depth, beginning with the 15-part "In Memoriam".
Having the opportunity to talk to Anne, who, like me, hails from Ireland, was so special. Reading Anne's poetry brought about a great realisation for me. Since moving to Sydney from Dublin in 1988 I have been searching for a language or way to understand my feelings of being a child of one country's history and a man of another country's future.
This is a tension I've struggled my whole teenage and adult life to come to terms with. Reading Anne's work and then having the opportunity to talk with her has helped me find some clarity and understanding about these emotions I've been feeling since I was a skinny and pale 11 year old boy with a funny accent having just landed in a multicultural sunburnt land.
I'm coming to find peace with the idea I may never fully resolve these two sides to my life. Being Irish and being Australian, I am really blessed and fortunate beyond belief.
Anne is a thoughtful writer who is able, with great delicacy, warmth and empathy, convey emotion and experience we can all find something of ourselves in.
Later this month Anne will be in Ireland for the launch of her second collection of poems, "out of emptied cups" kicking off on Saturday, 6 July @ 7 pm: at The Salmon Bookshop & Literary Centre, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
Then in August Anne will be back in Australia to begin a series of readings to launch the book here.
You can find all the details on her website www.anne-casey.com - go straight to the Readings and Events page for all the details about where you can go and see Anne for one of these events.
The Irish Times:
• The real enemy in writing
• I barely recognise my hometown
• The Lock Up
• Marked women, unmarked graves
• Metaphoric Rise
• Christmas kisses
• Would you ever think of coming home?
• eight and a half for "Piece by Piece" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U_MC4mabNM
• Tara Ward for the art and design - http://www.tarawardphotography.com.au/Podcast homepage - https://widtaabbqs.home.blog/