Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Ian Maleney have been commissioned by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in an experimental programme that aims to support different kinds of writing about art. For this programme, we commission a writer each year to write short texts on each of our five gallery exhibitions. We ask the writers to reflect on the exhibition, with full liberty to take their own path, responding in fiction, poetry, or otherwise. The writings are published on our website and available in our Gallery. In 2020, Ian Maleney is our Commissioned Writer and in 2019, Annemarie Ní Churrieán was our Commissioned Writer.
Ian Maleney and Annemarie Ní Churreáin are two exceptional writers who have emerged as part of a new generation of immensely talented Irish writers. Both have drawn on voices of people from their past and present life to reveal things in our world that can be exciting and unsettling, or both. Ian Maleney’s writings have been praised for their vivid recollection and poetic serenity (Fintan O’Toole) and Lisa McInerney, writing on his debut Minor Monuments (Tramp), describes it as ‘brilliant, pulsing with intellect and insight, with each observation composed so beautifully as to be deeply moving. This is the kind of book that changes its reader.’
Annemarie Ní Churreáin was immediately recognised as a distinctive voice for literature on the publication of her debut collection Bloodroot (2018). Thomas McCarthy (poet) praises her ‘mature sense of the lyric form and a rare sense of lyric completion, rooted in the bloodroot of women’s history’. Danielle Chapman (The Yale Times) speaks of the atmosphere of hiddenness and the possibility for revelation that provide the electricity in her poems. ‘Ní Churreáin’, she writes, ‘slices into the profoundly layered complexity of image with clear lines of powerfully compressed feeling’.
At this reading Maleney and Ní Churreáin will read from a selection of their texts and poems written in response to the gallery exhibitions, as well as from their published and current writing. The evening will include an introductory conversation with Susan Tomaselli who will discuss the themes in their work, their writing process and how they engaged with the TBG+S Writing Commission.
Ian Maleney is a writer based in Dublin. His first book, a collection of essays entitled Minor Monuments, was published in 2019 by Tramp Press and shortlisted for the Michel Deon Prize and Butler Literary Award. He received the Arts Council Next Generation Bursary for Literature in 2019. He is the online editor of the Stinging Fly, and founding editor of Fallow Media. His work has been published in The Guardian, Esquire, and the New Statesman.
Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Her publication list includes Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017), Town (The Salvage Press, 2018) and The Foundling Crib (Solstice Arts, 2020). Her work has been shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland and for the Julie Suk Award in the U.S.A. Ní Churreáin is both a recipient of the Next Generation Award from the Arts Council and a co-recipient of the inaugural Markievicz Award. She was 2019-20 Writer-In-Residence at The National University of Ireland Maynooth. Ní Churreáin is a 2020 Artist in Residence at Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris.
Susan Tomaselli is founder and editor of gorse journal. She has written for numerous publications, and has contributed to the books We’ll Never Have Paris (Repeater Books 2019), In Context 4 – In Our Time (South Dublin County Council’s programme of public art), amongst others. She is writer-in-residence at Maynooth University 2020/21, and is currently working on a novel-in-essays, Traces.
Previous TBG+S Commissioned Writers include Doireann Ní Ghríofa, 2018, Gavin Corbett, 2017, Claire Louise Bennett in 2016 and, Sara Baume in 2015.