Ilsa Thielan began writing when she was seven years old and writes ever since. After studying literature and arts in Germany she made her home in Ireland. She joined the North Clare Writers Workshop and her poems and stories appeared in their annual anthology. Her work was published in Stet, in “Women’s Work”, The Burren Meithal, Revival, with the North Clare Three Legged Stool Poets and in Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon, 2010). She read at Cúirt, the Ennis Bookclub Festival, Glór Music Centre and in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon. Her poetry and stories are borne out of her experience and observations in life, the natural environment of her Burren home, her travels, her relationship with people she meets, her love for animals and time she spent in the Sahara, in the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico and in the wilderness of Northern Canada. She is also a visual artist working with photography and tapestry.