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Howya Bridget

Pagan times are not far below the surface in Dublin. Not so long ago, in February, in Brittas, Co Dublin, the Bride Oge was celebrated in honour of St Bridget or, the pagan goddess Bridget, for she was the one … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en

November 1 is the first day of winter. The night before is Hallowe’en, and is marked with feasting, merrymaking and divination. The Celts celebrated Hallowe’en as the Feast of the Dead, when the dead revisited the mortal world. The fairies … Continue reading

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Echo writing

Thanks to the ECHO for splendid full page coverage of my latest book: Wicklow Folk Tales. It and I graced the front page of the Life section. I’m an ECHO cover celebrity now. Surely, this is fame. Wicklow Folk Tales

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Wicklow Folk Tales launched

Wicklow Folk Tales was selling well from the Dubray Bookshop in Bray even before the book launch on September 16. Local folklorist and author Ray Cranley launched the latest title in the History Press Ireland series of county titles. Martin Nolan … Continue reading

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Storytelling Bursary for woman

Verbal Arts Centre in Derry has announced a storytelling training bursary in memory of storyteller Pat Mulkeen. Application is restricted to females, according to the Verbal Arts Centre’s criteria for application. The bursary aims to provide the recipient with the … Continue reading

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Shimmering Eyes

A story dances in the mind’s eye. A storyteller conjures demons in the mind, and danger in the mid-day sun. A mirage shimmers in the heat of a desert. here

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You don’t matter

Strange as it might seem to the beginner. You don’t matter. People want to hear the story You are merely the guardian of the story. here

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Play it again

Every time you tell a story afresh the story plays out to its end. Storytelling is not a recital of a sacred text written by someone who died before you were born and who never knew you, nor you they. … Continue reading

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Leave it out

Leaving stuff out can make for a better story Filling in too much can leave a listener confused. Let them dream a little. http://bit.ly/149vySS

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You are invited

New dates have been added to the storytelling tour page. Please come along and join in. Listeners are always welcome. Here

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