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To Keep the Light Burning: Reflections in times of loss
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December 2011

Immortal Sins

Anne Le Marquand Hartigan

ISBN: 1 897648 17 0

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Publication Date: Friday, January 01, 1993

Cover Artwork: Anne Hartigan

About this Book

"The latest collection of poems by Anne Hartigan brings us daringly through the minefield avoided by less courageous writers who see Cliche written wherever Love appears. These poems are in the main about love, the fury, the pain, the passion, and the loss that goes with it. Anne Hartigan's voice is distinctive. She speaks as a lover who has borne children and has seen their children born. In this collection she celebrates sensuousness, lusty, treacherous, messy and inescapably human. Like the best poets, she brings us to new awareness with many unexpected images, "birds slicing the air". These are skilful and honest poems. They have their own particular music and move like the feet of a dancer, weaving in and out her themes of love failed, denied, lost, achieved. Few contemporary poets handle the themes of love and loss with such vigour and truthfulness."

Maeve Kelly

This is Anne Le Marquand Hartigan's fourth collection of poetry.

Author Biography

Anne Le Marquand Hartigan 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. To Keep The Light Burning is her sixth collection of poetry. The others are Nourishment 2005, Immortal Sins 1993, award winning long poem with Anne's drawings, Now is a Moveable Feast, 1991, all published by Salmon. Return Single 1986 and Long Tongue 1982 both published by Beaver Row Press Dublin. Her prose work includes Clearing The Space, the Why of Writing, published in 1996 by Salmon Publishing.
Hartigan won the Mobil Prize for Playwriting for her play The Secret Game in 1995. In Other Worlds 2003 commissioned and performed by Ohio University, USA, then performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Otago Dunedin New Zealand. Jersey Lilies performed at the Samuel Beckett Theatre Dublin 1996, where Anne acted with Robert Gordon in this two hander. La Corbiere performed at Project Theatre in the Dublin Theatre Festival 1989,  and since then been performed in Beirut 2004 and by Solas Nua Theatre Company in Washington DC July 2006 and in venues in Ireland. Her first play Beds at the Damer Theatre was part of the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1982. La Corbiere is published in SeenandHeard six new plays by Irish Women, edited by Cathy Leeney, published 2001 by Caryfort Press, Dublin.
Anne has exhibited her paintings, batiks and installations, for which she has won awards, in Ireland and the UK, with one woman, two person and in major national group shows.

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