Welcome to the Grace O'Malley Web Site
Author ANNE CHAMBERS welcomes fans to the official website of Ireland’s Pirate Queen - Grace O’Malley.
Fearless leader by land and by sea, political pragmatist and tactician, rebel, pirate and matriarch, the ’most notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland’ GRACE O’MALLEY challenges and manipulates the turbulent politics of the 16th century.
Breaching boundaries of gender imbalance and bias, she re-wrote the rules to become one of the world’s first documented feminist trail-blazers.
In GRANUAILE - the original best-selling biography of this historic icon, from rare and exclusive contemporary manuscript material ANNE CHAMBERS draws Ireland’s great pirate queen in from the vagueness of myth and legend and presents the historical reality of one of the world’s most extraordinary female leaders.
COMING HOME: A Short Film By Anne Chambers
Coming Home is an uplifting and enlightening story of one woman's journey to recovery from breast cancer. It evolved out of a short story short-listed for the Hennessy Literary Awards by Anne Chambers who wrote the screenplay.
The film is free to download to any organisation/group/individual who wishes to avail of it as a support or fundraising tool in spreading the message of 'making cancer less frightening by enlightening'.
Click Here to Watch COMING HOME
About author Anne Chambers
Author of six biographies, historical novel, collection of short stories, film screenplays, stage and radio plays, Anne writes, lectures and has been interviewed around the world about her writing ( see dedicated pages for publication details )
Her books have been made into Radio and TV drama-documentaries for Discovery Channel. Learning Channel, RTE etc and have been translated and published abroad. She has appeared regularly on radio and TV programmes, most recently on the BBC’s popular series Who Do You Think You Are, on Nationwide RTE I and RTE Lyric FM.
She was short-listed for the GPA Irish Book Awards (biography) and for the 2004 Irish Hennessy Literary Awards (short story).
’Making the past accessible, as well as adjusting history’s glaring gender imbalance, has been my motivation, especially with the biographies’.
Anne has co-scripted a number of screenplays for cinema and TV ( see dedicated page for details ) some of which have been supported by the Irish Film Board and by Media. Her screenplay LORNA ( see dedicated page for details ) was short-listed for the screenplay award at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2009.
She lectures and has designed and presented public exhibitions on the subjects of her books ( see dedicated page for details ).
She holds an MA in History from the National University of Ireland and is a member of the Irish Writers Union and the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild.
Over the years Anne’s name has become synonymous with GRACE O’MALLEY. Her biography of the Pirate Queen has become the inspiration for documentary film makers, composers and writers from a range of creative disciplines worldwide, as well as for students in all educational levels, both in Ireland and abroad.
’Writing Granuaile’s biography has turned out to be a wonderful adventure, in the company of this truly remarkable woman, an adventure which seems destined to continue’. Anne Chambers