Arts Council

finalist in the awp small press publisher award 2015

Search the Salmon Poetry Website
Visit the online home of The Salmon Bookshop & Literary Centre which is based in Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland and browse through our extensive range of new & secondhand titles.
Salmon Poetry Latest News

Salmon Poetry Audion and Video
Salmon Poetry Audio and Video

Arts Council

Inpress Books: Supporting Independent Publishers

Salmon Poetry Bookshop
Salmon Poetry Bookshop
Salmon Poetry Digital Editions
Salmon Poetry Digital Editions
Salmon Poetry Events Gallery
Salmon Poetry Events Gallery
Salmon Poetry Friends of Salmon
Salmon Poetry Friends of Salmon
Salmon Poetry Advice for Writers
Salmon Poetry Advice for Writers

"The Lock Up: 13-year-old Bridget from Falcarragh, raped, starved, beaten..."

Salmon poet Anne Casey writes in The Irish Times about how Irish girls at Australia’s 19th-century Newcastle Industrial School suffered horrific abuse.

Read the article here:

Originally from Co Clare, Anne Casey is a writer living in Australia. Her debut poetry collection will be published by Salmon Poetry in June. The Stitched Up exhibition runs from June 23rd to August 6th at The Lock-Up in Newcastle, Australia with plans to exhibit in Ireland next year. See The following poem by Anne Casey features in the voiceover for the exhibition.

What’s in a name?

Another hand-me-down bestowed
Already tattered and torn
This title to which I was born
Already stained with the same
Indelible shadow of shame
As the smoke-blackened room
That swallowed me
Out of the womb

This cast-off of cast-outs
A caste apart
Enshrouded in doubt
This first ‘gift’ granted
First marker, moniker, brand
Last link to a lost land
First claim, first link in the chain
First tie to a life pre-ordained

What’s in a name
That should hallmark me
Anchored to a counter-weighted history
What if . . . I could file it away
Claw, scratch and scrape
Unknot this monogrammed cape
Cast it back into the street
Would I be at once released

Uncuffed, unbranded, reprieved
Unchristened, unborn preconceived?