Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to announce the third poem in the series by Annemarie Ní Churreáin as part of the TBG+S Writring Commission 2019.

The TBG+S Writing Commission aims to expand ideas around writing about art by inviting Irish authors to create a series of pieces inspired by the exhibitions at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. In 2019, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios has commissioned Annemarie Ní Churreáin to write a piece of short fiction or a poem inspired by each of the exhibitions in the gallery programme.

'Souvenir, 1985', the third poem in the series, was written in response to The Stroker a solo exhibition by Pilvi Takala.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from northwest Donegal. Her debut collection Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland and for the 2018 Julie Suk Award in the USA. She is the author of a suite of poems about Dublin titled Town (The Salvage Press, 2018). In 2016 Ní Churreáin was the recipient of an Arts Council Next Generation Artist Award. She was the 2017–18 County Kerry Writer in Residence and the recipient of the inaugural 2018 John Broderick Residency Award. Ní Churreáin has been awarded literary fellowships from Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany, Jack Kerouac House, Orlando and Hawthornden Castle, Scotland.

Previous TBG+S Writers include Doireann Ní Ghríofa (2018), Gavin Corbett (2017), Claire Louise Bennett (2016) and Sara Baume (2015).

The texts are available to download from www.templebargallery.com and printed copies will be available in the gallery.