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Higgledy-Piggledy Stones: Family Stories from Ireland and Minnesota

Creative nonfiction quest narrative

 Jannet L. Walsh, a rural Minnesota-based photographer, writer and educator, is to be a first-time published author of a creative nonfiction quest narrative Higgledy-Piggledy Stones: Family Stories from Ireland and Minnesota about her Minnesota and Irish heritage. Scheduled publication is 2022 by Shanti Arts Publishing.

Jannet L. Walsh, of Murdock, Minnesota, poses in front of Crosstown Cottage, near Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, June 1, 2018. Walsh spent most of May 2018 living in the historic cottage researching and writing about her family’s Irish roots, connecting with local Irish culture and people. Photo by Olive Horgan.

Jannet Walsh’s photos and videos have been featured by CNN, CNN iReport, HLN, The New York Times Company and the California Academy of Sciences.

Belfast 1953 – Photo Martin J. Walsh Jr, of Murdock Minnesota, Kodachrome, removed from mount for scanning. Information written on slide: Marty Walsh, Seaside, south of Belfast, May 1953. Photo provided by Paul M. Walsh, see more at online gallery.

“As a little girl I heard about Ireland, especially from my late father Martin J. Walsh Jr., as he is the first known member of my family to visit Ireland, making his trip in 1953. I learned of  the Great Famine, and that my family emigrated to North America, first to Canada and on to the United States, to survive. Like many immigrants, the stories and fine details are missing for many reasons, one being two centuries of forgetting in order to make new lives in the new world. This is where I wanted to play my part in telling our story.”

Jannet L. Walsh