Rosemarie Rowley

Biography of Rosemarie Rowley

Born and educated Dublin, where she lives at present.
Has published 5 books of poetry, and won international awards for her epic poems.

Rosemarie Rowley's Works:

Rosemarie Rowley bibliography


The Broken Pledge Martello, Dublin, l985
The Sea of Affliction Comark, Rowan Tree,1987
Flight into Reality Rowan Tree Press, l989
Politry Rowan Tree Press l988
Hot Cinquefoil Star Rowan Tree Press,2002
inc. Flight into Reality, The Poet’s Visit, The Puzzle Factory, A Ruby Garland for George and Nora, Letter to Kathleen Raine
In Memory of Her, Rowan Tree Press,2004
inc.Dancing & Revolution in the ‘60s (Betrayal into Origin) and The Wake of Wonder

You Are the Earth from the Italian of Mimmo Morina,
Alma Tellus from the Italian of Mimmo Morina,
Euro Editions, l996 l997.

Translations from the Women Bards of Connaught

Cork Literary Review,2003


Extended Wings,1993, l994 (editor) ,
Seeing the Wood and the Trees (editor with John Haughton) Forest Friends Ireland with Rowan Tree Press,2003
The Book of Cabra (ed. Dermot Bolger)
Poets for Africa (ed. Lynda Moran)
Byzantium (ed. Gearailt Mac Eoin)
Voices from Wollaston Lake (eds. Goldstick and Graham)
And God Created Woman (ed. Susan White)
Between Innocence and Peace (ed. Brendan Kennelly)
Galway’s Pirate Women (ed. Margretta D’Arcy)
Extended Wings (ed. Christine Broe)
An Bhileog Bhan – The White Page (ed. Joan McBreen)
Image Maxwell House short story award, l988..”there was a house”

Literary Reviews, Talks and Essays:

Flops TCD history supplement 1967
This Year in Edinburgh Irish Times August 68
Johnson & Alchemy Irish Times, Spring 1970
Trinity of Poets writing in Irish Irish Times, Spring 1970
The Twisted Thread, M.Litt. thesis on the long poems of Patrick Kavanagh warded Trinity College, l984.
The Journey Eavan Boland, Sunday Tribune, January l987
Simone Weil, Sunday Tribune February, l987
Women Scholars at Harvard Sunday Tribune, May, l987
Anonymous Women Bards of Connaught: Thessaloniki Capitial of Culture 1997
ECT in the life and work of Sylvia Plath, Thumbscrew, Oxford, l998 ed. Tim Kendall
Dancing to Different Tunes, Ethna Viney, WPA 1998
Poetry and Society paper delivered to lst National Poets Convention,2002
Bryon and His Constant Love, the Sea – paper delivered to International Byron Conference, University of Liverpool,2003 published in the Journal of the French Byron Society,2004.
Superman in the Phone Booth Shaw and the attack from Left delivered to International Shaw Society, Florida,2004
The annihilation of the Flesh rotted Word - Kavanagh’s real Trajectory delivered to Irish Studies Conference, Galway,2004
Love and impairment in the Modern Era Delivered at the Poetry and Sexuality Conference Stirling, Scotland,2004
Gone for Good? The Theme of the Emigrant in the novel: That They May Face the Rising Sun, by John McGahern, Delivered to Irish Literature Conference (IASIL) Prague, July 2005
The role of the Intelligentsia as Dissidents in the Modern Nation State, UCD Conference, Clinton Auditorium, November 05.

Scottish International Open Poetry Competition Epic Award 1996,1997,2000,2004
Maxwell House Short story competition` prize-winner 1988

Film and Radio

Real Life appearance as student The Rocky Road to Dublin Peter Lennon 1968
The Poet in Public RTE Radio 1967
U-Turn script writer, actress and make up artist 1970
Deliverance Preproduction PA with John Boorman,1970
Anonymous Women Bards of Connaught – Thessaloniki European Capital of Culture, l997; BBC Woman’s Hour, May l998.


: M.D. and Inconsistent Re-inforcers NUI l995
Predictability and Unpredictability NUI l996

Green Papers:
Freedom and Censorhip Rowan Tree Press, l987,1996
Women and the Constitution, Administration, Vol.37, No.1, l989 ed. J. Lytton; update: Women’s Political Assoc. Journal,1997 ed. Angela Davies Grayson
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally Across the Frontiers, Ed. R. Kearney, Wolfhound, l988
Is there a solution to Northern Ireland that will work?
Shakespeare’s Dilemma – single parents and feminism
The Tragedy of the Commons air, sea belong to no one
Advertising – creates stereotypes and promotes waste Nuacht Glas journal of Irish Green Alliance,1984-88
Women and the Greens Nuacht Glas,1986

Thanks and acknowledgements due to the following editors who have published my poems:

Hayden Murphy, Broadsheet; Kevin Kiely, New Writing, Books Ireland; Senator Brendan Ryan, Disarm! , Patrick Galvin, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
Arts Publications; Nessa O’Mahony, Electric Acorn, James Conway, Chair, Rathmines Writers, Extended Wings; Paul Nash, Icarus; Brian Fallon, The Irish Times; David Marcus, The Irish Press; Mimmo Morina, Nouvel Europa; Gwen McNamara, Reddest Stolen Cherries; Michael O Flanagan, Riposte; Kathleen Raine Temenos Miles Goldstick and John Graham, Voices from Wollaston Lake; and Marianne McGiffen, Womanspirit, Thanks are due also to my publishers, Maureen Charlton of Martello, Christine Gara of Comark, and Margretta d’Arcy of Galway’s Pirate Women, and a special thank you to Henry Mair and Sam Gilliland, of Ayrshire Writers and Artists Society, for their Trojan work in organizing and judging the Scottish Open International Poetry Competition for the past 40 years.

Some Comments about Rosemarie Rowley’s work
“A master of form” – Brendan Kennelly

“100% improvement on Christina Rossetti” Geoffrey Thurley

“Her voice is one of heart-breaking beauty” - Roz Cowman

“Originality, commitment, and real literary ability” Eilean Ni Chuilleanain

“I like the poems..I keep hearing something in them that I’m always listening for..and rarely catch” - Ted Hughes

“Her range of vocabulary and phrasing is impressive..a true poet….her finest poems wear their learning lightly – she excels as a critic” - Declan Kiberd

“Lyrics of a rare strength and delicacy” John McGahern

“I have listened to (Flight into Reality”) with a lot of pleasure.. I think it is quite beautiful and very thought-provoking – Brendan Glacken

“Startling” – Nuala O Faolain

“I could never have attempted a long poem myself, and admire your ability to do so as well as you do…indeed, all your work…” Kathleen Raine

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Better Half

I feel his presence as if he stood before me
My thoughts are tea-leaves only he can read
A brain scan shows I want him to adore me
While my heart shows for him my wanton need.

I trawl through the day, he could never bore me
I think of him even when I bleed
Heart of my heart, friend to never score me
Necklace of desire, bead after bead -

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