He Used To Be Me, published by New Island Books tells the story of Matt, a Mayo man who wanders the streets of Castlebar in search of ‘Devil’s feet’ – the claw marks of the cága (jackdaws) who have spoken to him since he was a boy.
In extraordinary prose, Anne Walsh Donnelly imagines Matt’s inner life, from the loss of his twin brother as a child, through the care-free days of early manhood, to the aftermath of a horse-riding accident that would leave him in care for another 30 years.
Anne Walsh Donnelly lives in Castlebar and writes prose, poetry and plays. Her published poetry collections include Odd as F*ck, (Fly on the Wall Poetry Press, 2021) and The Woman With An Owl Tattoo (Fly on the Wall Poetry Press, 2019). Poetry Ireland in conjunction with Mayo Arts Office appointed her as Poet Laureate for the town of Belmullet in Co Mayo in 2021. Her play, My Dead Husband’s Hereford Bull, was performed in the Linenhall in 2022.