A for Anna Livia


Abbey Street

the clang Of a Luas pulling up,

The tang of metal.

– Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan

Lady Gregory and Yeats co-founded the Abbey in December 1904,

One hundred and sixteen years later, Covid-19 closed the old Theatre’s doors.

– Mary B Shannon

A’s for the Abbey with actors galore 

Attracting admirers since 1904

– Catherine Ann Cullen

Robin McNamara

A’s for Anna Liffey

Whose aroma can be whiffy

– Catherine Ann Cullen

Anna Livia photo and poem below: Damien Donnelly
– Helen Goodman
– Liam Porter
– Billy Craven
by Lisa Perkins

there’s no A in Dublin that I can see,

except in baile átha cliath’s three

– Therese Kieran


Catherine Ann Cullen is the inaugural Poet in Residence at Poetry Ireland since September 2019. She was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in December 2018. She has an M.Phil in Creative Writing from the Oscar Wilde School at Trinity College Dublin and a Creative Writing PhD from Middlesex University. Catherine Ann has published three poetry collections: The Other Now (New and Selected Poems) with Dedalus Press in October 2016; A Bone in My Throat (2007) and Strange Familiar (2013) with Doghouse Books. She is the author of three books for children, The Magical, Mystical, Marvelous Coat (Little, Brown 2001) and Thirsty Baby (Little, Brown 2003) and All Better! Poems about illness and recovery (Little Island 2019). She is also a scholar of broadside ballads.

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