Anne Connolly is a widely published Irish poet whose work encompasses many themes. She has read and performed at numerous festivals and events throughout Ireland and Scotland. Anne was the Makar of Scotland’s Federation of Writers in 2014 and their chair from 2016 to 2018. She believes that poetry is a form of music which must be heard as well as seen. Song and poetry are inextricably linked in the Irish tradition, and her participation from an early age in Ireland’s music festivals has been seminal to this experience and belief. She was a finalist in the BBC slam at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has twice reached the Scottish slam finals. Anne's third collection Once upon a Quark will be published by Red Squirrel Press in February 2019.