Angela Bourke

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Angela Bourke
Born 1952
Dublin, Ireland
Pen name Angela Bourke, Angela Partridge
Occupation Writer, Lecturer, Oral historian
Nationality Irish
Genre Women in history, women in folklore
Subject Irish Language

Angela Bourke (née Partridge) (1952) is an Irish author, historian and academic who focuses on Irish oral tradition and literature in her books, lectures, and broadcasting.


Bourke is an Dublin-born writer, oral historian and academic with an interest in the voice of women in folklore. Educated in University College Dublin with an MA in Celtic Studies she travelled to Université de Bretagne Occidentale in 1974.[1] Bourke completed her doctorate in women's religious poetry in Irish folklore, also from University College Dublin.[1] In the 1970s Bourke collected songs in Carna, Conemara. She was the first holder of Princess Grace Irish Library (Monaco) bursary for academic writers, Autumn 2002.[2] She has travelled widely to other universities in Japan, Europe and the US as a guest and visiting professor, including Harvard University from 1992-93.[1] She is Professor of Irish-Language Studies and Head of modern Irish in UCD.[3][4]

Bourke is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.[5][6][7][8]


  • The Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, 1992[1][9]
  • The Irish Times Literature Prize for non-fiction in 2000 and American Conference for Irish Studies James S. Donnelly Prize, 2001 with The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story [4][10]


Folklore studies & biography[edit]

  • Caoineadh na dTrí Muire: Téama na Páise i bhfílocht bhéil na Gaeilge (Baile Átha Cliath: An Clóchomhar Tta, 1983)[4]
  • The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story (London: Pimlico 1999)[4]
  • Maeve Brennan of the New Yorker (London: Jonathan Cape 2004)[4]


  • By Salt Water (Dublin: New Island 1996)[4]
  • “Iníon Rí na Cathrach Deirge” (1989) [4]
  • “Iníon Rí na Oileáin Dhorca (1991)[4]


  • ‘Working and Weeping: Women’s Oral Poetry in Irish and Scottish Gaelic Poetry’, in Women’s Studies Working Papers, No. 7 (UCD Women’s Studies Forum 1988)
  • Fish stone water: Holy Wells of Ireland, by Anna Rackard, introduced by Angela Bourke (Cork: Atrium 2001)
  • The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, vols iv and v: Irish Women's Writing and Traditions (2002) ed.[6]
  • ‘Adventures with old things’, in The Dublin Review, 4 (Autumn 2001), pp. 5–13

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. Gale. 2002. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "Journal of Music". Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  3. ^ "UCD position and details". Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Online Biography". Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  5. ^ "RIA membership". Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Visiting Fellows". Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  7. ^ "From: Éire-Ireland Volume 44:3&4, Earrach/Samhradh / Fall/Winter 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Historian". Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  9. ^ Alexander G. Gonzalez. Irish Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 348 pages.
  10. ^ "Cork short story". Retrieved 18 February 2016.

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