Naomi Foyle

Grace of the Gamblers – A Chantilly Chantey (2010)


With illustrations by Peter Griffiths

Grace of the Gamblers’ is a bravura performance. Foyle captures the swash and buckle of Ireland’s greatest sea-faring heroine with a poetry that is charged with wit and vivacity. Herstory is brought vividly to life as Foyle charts Grace O’Malley’s remarkable journey from the dangerous seas off the West Coast of Ireland to the even more treacherous court of Queen Elizabeth I.

Nessa O’Mahony

Naomi Foyle’s exuberant, resonant new work treats us to the wonderfully feisty Grainne Ní Mháille ‘s adventures in a ballad – a form long associated with women singers, composers and sailors – written here with bang-up minute freshness and verve. ‘Grace of the Gamblers, wanton and bold’ … springs off the page and into the reader’s imagination with characteristic courage and energy.

Catherine Smith

ISBN: ISBN 978-1-906742-17-1 Category:

Praise and Poems

Gráinne Ní Mháille, known in English as Grace O’Malley, is a legendary Irish figure. Pirate, chieftain, gambler, sea-trader, and near-exact contemporary of Elizabeth I, she ruled the West Coast of Ireland for over forty turbulent years. In the spirit of the urban broadsheets that kept tales of early modern female adventurers alive and singing, this strikingly illustrated ballad pamphlet is a vigorous and musical account of Gráinne’s notorious deeds.

Read reviews:
‘Guest Review: Woodward on Larbey, Farmer, Foyle, Noon and Lehrman – Catherine Woodward reads five recent pamphlets’ on Todd Swift’s Eyewear blogspot, 27 January 2011

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