Leabhair ~ Books

A Ghost in the Throat

"This is a female text, written in the twenty-first century. How late it is. How much has changed. How little."

An exploration of the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem. In the present day, a young mother narrowly avoids tragedy. On encountering the poem, she sets out to track down the rest of the story. 

‘An enchantment, a shimmering, beautiful and moving book’ - Joseph O’Connor

‘A strange, beautiful, and entirely unique book by a wildly talented and exciting writer’ - Mark O’Connell

‘An extraordinary book that braids the past and present, self and other into a new kind of poetry’ – Emilie Pine

‘This is the real thing; a fascinating story bristling with poetic power that must be read’ – Michael Harding


Lies poems Doireann Ní Ghríofa book cover

'Lies' - a bilingual volume drawing on a decade of poems in translation. Available for purchase here 

An Irish Times Book of the Year, and an Irish Independent Book of 2018, chosen by Joseph O'Connor and Sinéad Gleeson ​​

“Like [Eavan] Boland, Ní Ghríofa constructs a mysterious world for her readers from the matter of ordinary life. The poems of this collection impress upon us that magic and depth can be found in the minutiae of the everyday.” - Poetry Ireland Review

“Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a poet to watch, with a fresh view of the world: apparently ordinary houses, shops, common objects and activities.  The sureness of her touch and the skill with which she handles language and shapes her poems are almost invisible, but it is through them that she achieves the feat of making us look again at the usual and illuminates its pulsating strangeness.” - Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Ireland Professor of Poetry



'Nine Silences' ~ A sequence of new poems produced in collaboration with visual artist Alice Maher and Jamie Murphy of The Salvage Press. Available to purchase here

A glimpse into the process of this book's creation here

Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Hartnett Poetry Award, and shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award

"An extremely accomplished English language volume of her work" - The Irish Times, December 2018

"In Ní Ghríofa’s English debut, what seem to be long-considered obsessions are explored with tenderness and unflinching curiosity. [These] ​poems excel in their consideration of motherhood​." - Poetry Magazine (Chicago)

"... consult Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s English language collection, Clasp... to see just how exciting a refashioning of Irish history can be in contemporary poetry." - Cordite Poetry Review, Australia
"a moving study of the fragility of our bonds: those between mother and child, and between ourselves and the animals, people, former selves, and places in our minds and midst. The poet’s empathic considerations are applied to history as well, which she concretizes to reveal moral transgressions in Ireland’s past... Clasp is remarkable for its detailed observational capacities of a concrete yet fraught quotidian life." - Partisan Magazine's Year in Books, Canada​

"The woman’s body is central to the collection, highlighted, visible, unconquered. Forgotten bones are reclaimed, gendered territory is staked out; it is clear that Ní Ghríofa’s has a voice which will not be silenced… In Clasp Ní Ghríofa has signalled that she is a poetic force to be reckoned with” - Clíona Ní Riordáin, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris

"In her second collection, Dúlasair - the title variously means 'a dark, smoky flame' or 'intense blaze' - Doireann Ní Ghríofa gives voice to a previously silenced section of Irish society... [The] second section finds Ní Ghríofa tackling a mutiplicity of themes and subjects from teenage love and the aftermath of a rave party to grief and loss...  With Dúlasair, there's the feeling that Ní Ghríofa is coming into her own as a poet. There's a genuine unforced feel for narrative to her best work, and a skill at revealing poetry within the small details of the everyday" - Poetry Ireland Review

Dearcadh eile ar gach a dtiteann amach faoi dhíon an tí. Feicimid long sa scáthán, cloisimid coiscéimeanna sna ballaí, agus tá scragall stáin ar an staighre.