The Woman With the Owl Tattoo by Anne Walsh Donnelly

  • Paperback: 42 pages

  • Publisher: Fly on the wall poetry (30 May 2019)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1999598644

  • ISBN-13: 978-1999598648



This life-affirming poetry collection reflects on the author’s growth since the ending of her marriage and what it means to unearth one’s true sexual orientation, in mid-life. Anne Walsh Donnelly’s intimate exploration of sexuality and identity is both brave and touching, marking this debut collection as a triumph.


Anne Walsh Donnelly lives in the west of Ireland. Originally from Carlow she moved to Mayo, twenty-four years ago. Her work has appeared in several publications including The Irish Times, Cránnog, Boyne Berries, The Blue Nib, Writers Forum and Dodging the Rain.

Her short stories have been shortlisted in many competitions including the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award (2014, 2016), the Fish International Prize (2015) and the RTE Radio One Frances Mac Manus competition (2014 & 2015). She won the 2018 Over the Edge Fiction Slam.

Her poems were highly commended in the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award (2017 & 2018). She won the Winter/Spring 2017/2018 Blue Nib poetry chapbook competition and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2018. She was also nominated for the Hennessy Irish Literary Award in 2019 for her poetry.

Her debut short story collection “Demise of the Undertaker’s Wife” will be published in September 2019


Twitter @AnneWDonnelly



After Franz Kafka

I lie in her arms

breasts pressed against my back;

listen to her soft snores.

She doesn’t see the demon pest

in me, its reddish brown shell,

insect head and large black eyes.

She doesn’t feel its wax coated

exoskeleton or the claws

attached to my legs.

I manoeuvre myself out of bed

scurry towards the bathroom

into the shower.

Boiling water lashes my vermin

armour. I cry cockroach tears

stiff wings dissolve

antennae swirl down the drain.

Six spindly legs

become two again.

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