For Anne Le Marquand Hartigan 2014 sees the first of her dramatic works being published by Chiswick Books, starting with an award-winning play The Secret Game. Chiswick books is currently preparing her other plays for publication over the next period.
Anne Le Marquand Hartigan is a writer and artist. She is an award-winning poet, painter and playwright. Her work has been translated into German, Spanish, Russian and Galician.
To date Hartigan has seven books of poems published, the most recent was Unsweet Dreams, 2011, published by Salmon Poetry and her selected poems is due out in the near future. She has read her work at poetry readings throughout Ireland and internationally. Hartigan has exhibited art work in Ireland and England - in both solo and group shows, and her plays have been performed in Ireland, Europe, New Zealand and USA.
Brought up in England, Hartigans
mother was from Ireland, her father from Jersey in the Channel Islands,
and both her parents and the cultures they stemmed from have been a significant
yet subtle influence in her work.
After training in Fine Art at Reading University, Hartigan moved with her husband and young children to farm in Ireland in the early 60s. There, the farmland itself, and the enigmatic megalithic landscapes nearby, augmented the air of mystery she was introduced to in her childhood.
While she continued to paint,
and exhibit in group shows, Hartigan found herself increasingly drawn
towards writing. Though Hartigan persisted with her artistic creativity,
(after her move to Dublin she had a studio in Temple Bar for a period
before it was developed into the state-of-the-art centre it is now,) and
is still actively involved in the visual arts, writing began to take up
a greater part of her time. Initially Hartigan focused on the medium of
poetry, finding this suited her sensibility.
Her long poem Now is a Moveable Feast (1991) - which was broadcast on RTE 1 as a full-length program directed by Dick Warner and with music specially composed for it by Eibhlis Farrell was inspired by her mothers family history and the farm on which they lived, stretching back across the previous 100 years. When this was published in book form, it was illustrated with line drawings by the artist/author - and indeed all but one of her book covers have featured her own art work.
As Hartigan became established as a poet winning awards, publishing collections - she also ventured into the area of playwriting. In this field an eye-opener for her, and of considerable influence on her drama, was the innovative Polish Theatre of the 1970s which appeared to discard many of the customary theatrical conventions and turn others upside down. As a consequence some of Hartigans early theatrical work such as Beds, performed in the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1982, and La Corbiere, 1989, was highly experimental and out of the ordinary. At present Anne Hartigan is working on an operatic version of La Corbiere.
The Secret Game - out now from Chiswick books