The Voyage Out
Poet Anne-Marie Fyfe’s first home was on the edge of the legendary Sea of Moyle on the Antrim Coast. While always engaged with the contemporary, with love, loss, life, & the journey, her writing, from first publishing A House by the Sea, to her most recent, fifth collection of poems, House of Small Absences, has echoed the rush of tide, the North Channel waves, the sounds of fishing boats, the lives of coastguards & lighthouse men, of islanders, & the isolation & marginality, the shifting boundaries, real & metaphorical, between land & sea, between headland & deep.
A series of writing & teaching residencies at Aldeburgh on England’s East Coast, on Inis Meain in the Aran Islands, Achill Island in County Mayo, Carmel in California & St. Ives in Cornwall (among others) have led to her current project, writing a new book which will combine prose/poetry/memoir & travel-writing, & which will, as part of the travel & residency process, bring a themed creative-writing workshop, Edge of the Depths, & linked evening performance, The Voyage Out, to a range of coastal/shoreline locations in Ireland, England’s South-West, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, South Wales, & East-Coast US & Canada
Anne-Marie Fyfe’s fifth poetry collection is House of Small Absences (Seren Books, 2015). Born in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, Ireland, Anne-Marie lives in London where she works as an arts organiser. She has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings & classes at London’s leading live literature venue, the Troubadour, since 1997, is Poetry Co-ordinator for the annual John Hewitt International Summer School in Ireland, & is a former chair of the UK’s Poetry Society. www.annemariefyfe.com