Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh
Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh’s aesthetic is essentially that of the realist and her genius for succinct narrative is one of her primary gifts as a poet.
— Proinsias Ó Drisceoil, Poetry Ireland Review
Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh was born in Kerry and studied at NUI Galway. She has lived in France and New York and now lives in Cork where she teaches at UCC. Her poem, ‘Filleadh ar an gCathair’, was chosen as Ireland’s EU Presidency Poem in 2013 and was shortlisted in 2015 for RTÉ’s ‘A Poem for Ireland’.
She has published two collections in Irish, Péacadh (Coiscéim, 2008) and Tost agus Allagar (Coiscéim, 2016, winner of the 2019 Michael Hartnett Award). Winner of the 2020 Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, her bilingual The Coast Road (2016) is her first collection with The Gallery Press.
The Coast Road
Bilingual with translations from thirteen writers. From named places to imagined states, including ‘the madhouse behind the moon’, The Coast Road is a book of uncommon range and searing effect. Some of Ireland’s finest poets gather to spread the word and introduce a vital voice to a wider audience.