— a fine quote from Annie Dillard, author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Holy the Firm.
An excellent, cost-prudent way to spend the afternoon (and part of the morning) of Sunday, 26 May will be to join in Monica Corish’s workshop on “Poetry and Story, Landscape and Myth”. To book, contact the Glens Centre Manorhamilton directly: (071) 985583 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday, May 26, 10:30 – 16:30. Cost: €30. Places limited, advance booking required.
Monica describes the workshop this way: “In the month of May the Cailleach of Winter transforms into the blossoming Goddess of Summer. Bealtaine is associated with the fertility of nature and the imagination; with flowering hawthorn; and the need-fire of purification and blessing. The Tuatha De Danann are strongly linked with Bealtaine. According to the Book of Invasions, the golden people of the goddess Danu landed at Sliabh an Iarainn (Iron Mountain, on the shores of Lough Allen, Co Leitrim) during the Bealtaine festival. Many years later they went through the same mountain into the Otherworld and became the daoine sídhe.
“At this workshop we will draw on the stories of Bealtaine to spark new writing in any form – poetry, story, memoir, opinion, reflection. The workshop, one of a series of four events to be held on the turns of the Celtic year, is suitable for both novice writers and experienced writers, anyone over the age of eighteen. No previous knowledge of folklore or myth is needed.”
This is the first in a series of workshops on the theme of “Poetry and Story, Landscape and Myth”, led by award-winning writer and AWA-trained writing group leader Monica Corish monicacorish.ie and supported by the Glens Centre, the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council.
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