Doireann Ní Ghríofa
was born in Galway, Ireland, in 1981. She studied at University College Cork, earning degrees in Applied Psychology and Irish Language Literature. She has become a prominent Irish author and poet, renowned for her distinctive voice and style. Her work often explores themes of womanhood, identity, and the intricacies of everyday life. Ní Ghríofa’s debut collection of poetry, »Résheoid« (2011), was written in Irish, followed by »Dúlasair« (2012), »Clasp« (2015) and »Lies« (2018), the latter showcasing her versatility in both Irish and English.
Her breakthrough work, »A Ghost in the Throat« (2020), is a genre-defying blend of memoir, poetry, and literary translation. The narrative intertwines the author’s life with that of 18th-century poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill, illuminating the experiences of women across time. The Irish Times praised the book as »a powerful and profound exploration of language, love, and loss.« Ní Ghríofa’s recent poetry collection, »To Star the Dark« (2021), delves into themes of memory, motherhood, and resilience, featuring a dialogue-rich style filled with colloquial phrases and neologisms.
Throughout her career, Ní Ghríofa has received numerous accolades, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Michael Hartnett Award, and the Irish Book Award for Non-Fiction. She has also been awarded several bursaries and fellowships from the Arts Council of Ireland. As a passionate advocate for the Irish language, Ní Ghríofa was an ambassador for the Seachtain na Gaeilge festival, which promotes the use of Irish in daily life. Additionally, she has been involved in literary translation projects.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa currently lives in Cork, Ireland.