Brewery of eggshells

The Brewerry of EggshellsKate Corkery and Nuala Hayes are touring Brewery of Eggshells their collection of Irish folk stories.
Both are very accomplished storytellers; but their melding of style and presence brings something more to the telling.
The addition of a pair of displayed batiks for suggested landscape, an iron kettle, and two dozen fresh eggs transforms the telling space into a universe of story. 


Remembering Sheila Conroy

Sheila Conroy

A glass was raised to Sheila Conroy on Saturday night May 12, 2012, at the Larkin Hedge School, on her passing, rather than a minute’s silence she would not have approved of, said school organiser Seamus Dooley.
I first met Sheila many years ago on Grand Parade when the People’s College was housed there and I fetched up on an unlikely day at an equally unlikely hour to enroll in a class that had been recommended to me by a nationally known newspaper features editor I was trying to begin writing for at the time.
Technically, the school was closed for the summer; but I was too impatient to wait for the autumn to arrive.
Sheila gave me the grand tour and made a ceremony of my signing up for the course that seemed to my naive and innocent mind to be quite approropriate for my by-then undiscovered talent.
A lovely person.
I raised my glass to her with pride.
And to Sean, the editor who saw something, and said yes.

Visiting Yarnspinners

Dublin YarnspinnersStories were told last night at the May Dublin Yarnspinners session by tellers from Germany, California, Michigan, Canada, Carlow and Wexford for a great storytelling night once more.
I told the Honeymoons story from Dublin Folk Tales for the first time in a long time and laughed myself at the recall of daft wedding customs in Dublin, long ago, and sold out all the copies I brought with me afterwards.
A lighter step on the way home through Dublin.


Telling in Dublin

All hail the listeners and tellers at last night’s Milk & Cookies session in the Exchange.
I told the Pigwoman of Dublin from Dublin Folk Tales to a good reception.
The film, whose name escaped me in the excitement of the telling, based on the same 300-year-old European story was Penelope, a modern day parable starring Christina Ricci as a cursed pig-faced girl.
But, the “true” Dublin story is better.
Venue video here

On the radio rising

radioBelated thanks to the Robinson team, Tony and Evelyn, on the D15 Today programme on Phoenix Fm on April 30.
A 15 minute spot became 30 minutes and only ended when the show went off the air to make room for the next programme.
Storyswap started here.


Burning dinner

frying panSo far, just a while into the published life of Dublin Folk Tales, the book, we know personal copies have been taken by travellers, from Dublin, to Germany, Spain, and Canada.
We also received a message from a reader, just past midnight, that she had finished dinner quite late and that the food was burnt, a consequence of her reading a story from the book while she was supposed to be cooking.
Not quite cooking the book, but close.
Meanwhile, copies of the book are prominently displayed in shops all over Dublin in cover-out rows three deep, while the publisher says sales are going well..
Food for thought