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Anne Le Marquand Hartigan


Anne's play The Secret Game is now available from Chiswick books and is on sale at Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

More of Anne's plays are due for publication by Chiswick books in 2014. Please watch this space and Anne's new facebook page for further news!




Latest poetry collection: Unsweet Dreams
by Anne Le Marquand Hartigan
published by Salmon Poetry €12.00

When is passion
Out of fashion?

Read two Sample Poems: Click here

Unsweet Dreams was launched by leading Irish playwright Frank McGuinness:

The poems in Unsweet Dreams have at times the stinging brevity of a proverb, the shocking lance of a curse, the last testimony of a farewell, a farewell forever, and the pleasure of telling home truths, particularly when the home is a refuge where only the truth can be told.
Frank McGuinness

In Anne Le Marquand Hartigan’s Unsweet Dreams complex ideas explode like thought-bombs in the simple language of everyday talk. The musicality of the poems owes much to the subtle and complex use of rhythm. Here are poems on a wide variety of topics, and in a wide range of styles. Tender, loving, blunt, aggressive, witty , seductive, bitchy , sad, philosophical and joyful, the reflections on love, sex and death are articulated in a woman’ s voice yet they make a mockery of clichéd notions of gender. This an important collection by a poet in her prime.  
Dr. Robert Gordon, Goldsmiths, University of London

Buy online at Salmonpoetry.com  
€13.35 incl P&P within Ireland, €15.00 incl P&P to anywhere else in the world.


The Secret Game book cover, now available at Amazon




Cover artwork by Anne le Marquand Hartigan: Unsweet Dreams - new poetry collection 2011

Cover artwork from a painting by the author
Anne le Marquand Hartigan.

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Anne Le Marquand Hartigan
Anne is a prize-winning poet, playwright and painter. She trained as a painter at Reading University, England. She returned to Co. Louth, Ireland, in 1962 with her husband Tim Hartigan where they farmed and reared their six children. She now lives in Dublin.

A selection of Anne's poems are available on this site, some with recordings of the author reading - click here and scroll down for the links to the sample poems. (Please contact the author if you'd like to use them for any purpose.) Her poetry books are available to buy at Salmon poetry

She has published seven collections of poetry: Unsweet Dreams (see above), To Keep The Light Burning: Reflections in times of loss (Salmon, 2008); Nourishment (Salmon, 2005); Immortal Sins (Salmon, 1993); the award winning long poem with Anne’s drawings, Now is a Moveable Feast (Salmon, 1991); Return Single (Beaver Row Press, 1986); Long Tongue (Beaver Row Press, 1982).

Her theatre piece Beds was first performed at the Damer Hall in 1982 as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Hartigan won the Mobil Prize for Playwriting for her play The Secret Game in 1995. In Other Worlds (2003) was commissioned and performed by Ohio University, USA, then performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in New Zealand. Jersey Lilies was performed at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin 1996, where Anne acted with Robert Gordon in this two hander. La Corbiere was performed at the Project Theatre during the Dublin Theatre Festival 1989, and has since been performed in Beirut, Lebanon in 2004 and by Solas Nua Theatre Company in Washington DC, July 2006, where it was the pick of the festival.

Anne's prose work includes Clearing The Space: A Why of Writing (Salmon, 1996).

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Photo: Poet Anne Le Marquand Hartigan
Anne Le Marquand Hartigan
reading from her work at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin


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