Originally from the west of Ireland, Anne Casey is a poet and writer living in Sydney, Australia. Over a 25-year career, she has worked as a business journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, media communications director and legal author. She is Senior Poetry Editor for the two literary journals of Swinburne University in Melbourne - Other Terrain Journal and Backstory Journal.
Anne's writing and poetry rank in The Irish Times newspaper's Most-Read. She has won, placed or been shortlisted in poetry awards in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia - see Awards. After a long absence, while pursuing a business media career, Anne 'came home to poetry' while grappling with her grief after her mother's death - her first poem as an adult was published in The Irish Times in 2016. This poem, In memoriam II: The Draper, was the fifth most-read item - across all categories - in The Irish Times on the day of publication and resulted in a furore of social media commentary.
Her poetry is widely published internationally, appearing in newspapers, magazines, journals, anthologies, videos, music albums, podcasts, broadcasts and in an international art exhibition. A literary monologue written by Anne and entitled 'Cup in hand' was selected to be performed on stage in Sydney by professional actors as part of the The Monologue Adventure during May 2018. Her poem, 'Recipe for a Giant Pickle' was selected to be performed by the Climate Guardians at the inaugural Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA) - the largest ever showcase of living Australian artists - in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia in October 2018. Anne's poem, 'scion' was selected for performance at the Spirit of Nature event in Manly Art Gallery, Sydney in November 2018.
Anne is author of where the lost things go poetry collection (Salmon Poetry 2017). She is a regular reader at literary events and has appeared at venues including Cuirt International Festival of Literature (Galway, Ireland), Poetry Ireland (Dublin, Ireland), Rowan Tree Readings (Ireland), Ó Bhéal (Cork, Ireland), Over The Edge (Galway, Ireland), The Poetry Circle (Limerick Writers' Centre, Ireland), Salmon Literary Centre (Clare, Ireland), Sydney Poetry Lounge (Sydney), Swinburne University (Melbourne), Girls on Key (Newcastle and Sydney) and That Poetry Thing (Smith's Alternative, Canberra) - for upcoming dates, see: Readings & Events. See also: Interviews & Media.
Anne is included in the following indices, with sincere thanks to Christine Murray:
Her article "Returning from Australia, I barely recognise my hometown", which included two poems, was the Number 1 most-read piece overall in leading Irish national newspaper, The Irish Times, over the weekend it was published in August 2017 and featured in the newspaper's Most-Read for 2017. The article tackled family issues related to emigration and resulted in widespread commentary on social media. It was republished in The Irish Echo, Australia's Irish newspaper, under the title "When distance becomes your enemy" in September 2017.
Anne's article "The Lock Up", which included one poem, was the most-read feature article and the third most-read piece overall in The Irish Times newspaper over the weekend of its publication in May 2017, and featured in the newspaper's Most-Read for 2017. The story unearthed a shameful history of abuse, rape and neglect suffered by marginalised children in 19th century Australia. Anne was subsequently interviewed by Roisin Ingle on The Women's Podcast for The Irish Times. Other articles of Anne's featuring in The Irish Times Most-Read include: "Marked women, unmarked graves and my typical Irish childhood", published in May 2018.
You can find Anne's poetry in publications including The Irish Times, apt journal, Cordite, Plumwood Mountain, 'Autonomy' anthology (New Binary Press), Abridged, Verity La Magazine, The Honest Ulsterman, the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize Longlist Anthology 2018, HeadStuff, Poethead - A Celebration of Women's Poetry for International Women's Day 2018, Women’s National Book Association (USA) Sixth Annual Writing Contest Anthology, Henry Lawson Verse & Short Story Anthology 2018, Backstory Journal (Swinburne University), Into The Void Magazine, Entropy Magazine, The Murmur House, The Incubator, The Irish Literary Times, The Stony Thursday Book, Not Very Quiet Journal, ROPES Literary Journal (25th edition), Eureka Street, What She Knew (Papaya Press, UK), Bedford International Writing Competition Shortlist Anthology 2017, In the News anthology (The Poetry Box 2018), Verse Daily, Bangor Literary Journal, An Áit Eile, Bedford Writing Bookshelf, The Clare Association Yearbook 2018, The Corrugated Wave, Addictions & Compulsive Behaviour mini-anthology (Poetry Pharmacy 2017), Poem Today, Pink Cover Zine, Poethead, HUSK Magazine, FemAsia Magazine, Not4U Zine, EMPWR, Other Terrain Journal (Swinburne University), Tales from the Forest, Dodging the Rain, Luminous Echoes: A Poetry Anthology, Deep Water Literary Journal, The Blue Nib, The Remembered Arts Journal, Thank You for Swallowing and Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words. She has poems forthcoming in Déraciné literary journal, The Australian Poetry Collaboration, The Clare Association Journal 2019 and The Same Journal, among others.
Anne has collaborations with artists and composers in Australia, Ireland and the United States. She has written lyrics for 50+ songs, which feature in concerts and live performances, music albums, videos and on radio. Through a professional collaboration with US musician, Rex Haberman, Anne co-writes songs for bands including War Poets and Light Over There. Rex and Anne's song, Wednesday Girl, features numerous well-established US artists. In October 2015, Anne co-founded Casey and Lewis songwriting with Australian musician/composer, John Lewis. She also has a new collaboration with Irish singer-songwriter, Claire Watts.
Award-winning poet and writer
Anne holds a Law degree from University College Dublin and qualifications in Media/Communications from Dublin Institute of Technology. She is a member of New South Wales Writers’ Centre, Australian Poetry and Australian performing rights organisation, APRA AMCOS.