Anne Chambers


Howth Castle – Lutyens Library

Sunday 7th June, 12.30-1.30pm

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GRACE O’MALLEY 1530-1603 – The Woman Behind the Legend

Breaching boundaries of gender, breaking the rules of social and political correctness, Grace O’Malley became one of the world’s most extraordinary female leaders by land and by sea.  Anne Chambers, author of the original and best-selling biography Granuaile – Grace O’Malley, Ireland’s Pirate Queen, brings the woman behind the legend to light, and relates the Pirate Queen’s unique relationship with Howth and Howth Castle.

Author of eight biographies, including the best-selling Granuaile: Grace O’Malley – Ireland’s Pirate Queen, a historical novel, short stories, film screenplays, Anne writes, lectures and has been interviewed worldwide about her work.

Her latest book TK Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot was published in 2014 to much acclaim.

Her books have been the subject of international TV documentaries, including RTE, Discovery (Europe) The Learning Channel, Travel Channel etc and have been translated and published abroad.

She was short-listed in 1989 and in 2014 for an Irish Book Award (biography) and for the 2004 Hennessy Literary Awards (short story).  Her short film Coming Home, starring Dawn Bradfield, was produced by Tile Films in 2011 and was broadcast in 2014 by RTE .  She holds an MA in Irish History from the National University of Ireland.  For further information:

Fergal Tobin will introduce this event.  Fergal was publishing director of Gill & Macmillan for more than twenty years until his retirement in 2013. He is currently consultant editor to Irish Times Books. He lectures at post-graduate level on the business and practice of publishing, as well as on English grammar and usage. He was president of Publishing Ireland, the national trade association, from 2002 to 2004; and was president of the Federation of European Publishers, based in Brussels, from 2010 to 2012.