‘Stories in the Landscape’ Conversations
Through the ‘Stories in the Landscape’ conversations I will be inviting people with fascinating insights into stories in their own landscapes, here in Ireland and beyond, to join me and share ideas, interpretations and some occasional mysteries.
Stories in the Landscape 1: A Conversation with Daniel Curley
Daniel is an archaeologist and th manager of the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre in Tulsk. Join us as we explore this very special part of the Roscommon landscape, its close connection with the Tain Bo Táin Bó Cúailnge ansd so much more.
- Listen to the podcast: A Conversation with Daniel Curley
- Discover more about the Rathcroghan Vistor Centre. Find out about this very special site.
Stories in The Landscape 2: A conversation with Professor Ralph Kenna.
Professor Ralph Kenna. is an Irish mathematician and theoretical physicist who is head of the statistical physics research group at Coventry University.His ‘Maths Meets Myths ‘research programme uses mathematics to investigate world mythologies and epic literature.
- Listen to the Podcast: A Conversation with Professor Ralph Kenna
- A new conversation with Ralph Kenna. Exploring the ÉIRÍ project, ‘Evoking Ireland’s Resiliant female Icons‘
- Explore the Arts for Sinann 2021 Competition
- Discover more about ‘ÉIRÍ’, the new Maths, Myths and Gender Arts and Research Project (May 22)
Stories in the Landscape 3: A conversation with Clare Millege.
Clare is an Australian artist based in Sydney. She is currently exhibiting at the Sydney Biennale. The installation Imbás: a well at the bottom of the sea draws on the Story of Sinann, an Old Irish story/dindshenchas about the forming of the river Sinnan/Shannon. The Sinann story and the postcast was a ‘source’ ideas for the instalation. I look forward to talking with her sometime in May.
- Listen to the podcast A Conversation with Claire Millege
- View information and images from Clare’s installation
- Read the Guardian review of The Sydney Biennale March to June 22
Stories in the Landscape 4: A Conversation with Jamie Madden
Jamie is a story discoverer, a story teller, something of a genealogist and, oh yes, an affordable housing expert and town planner, from Boston but now living in Seattle. This conversation really demonstrates the applicability of dindshenchas style origin stories and how Jamie is able to make use of them as a resource in his work.
- Listen to the podcast: A Conversation with Jamie Madden
- More information and images connected to the podcast
- Read some of Jamie’s own Dindshenchas stories: Charles River, A Boston Dindshenchas, and Merrymount
- A link from Jamie: A story that inspired a beach name
- Jamie’s link to information on his mentor, Tunny Lee
Stories in the Landscape 5: A Conversation with Anne Gerety Smyth,
Anne Gerety Smyth, is a writer and story teller who with her colleague Annette Corkery, runs the innovative, Ardagh Heritage and Community Centre in County Longford. Anne and Annette’s centre is right at the foor of Bri Leith, Midir’s ‘tree girt’ hill where much of the Tochmarc Étaíne, is set. I enjoyed talking with another storyteller, actively working to revitalise the wonderful Irish stories, We explored the complex, sometimes, challenging, motivations of the characters of the Tocmarc Étaíne and , if you are looking for ideas for entries to the current ÉIRÍ arts competition, this conversation might offer some useful avenues to follow.
- Listen to the podcast: A conversation with Ann Gerety Smyth
- Find out more about the Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre.
Stories in the Landscape 6: A New conversation with Ralph Kenna
Join Chris and Ralph, professor of Statistical Physics and enthusiastic comparative mythologist, as they enjoy discussing the ongoing ÉIRÍ project, ‘Evoking Ireland’s Resiliant female Icons‘, and discover how you, too, can add to some exciting and unusual research as well as discovering more about Ralph’s upcoming Myths and Maths projects.
- Listen to the podcast: A new Conversation with Ralph Kenna
- Find out how to enter the arts competion and add your own research.
- Read the articles from the Irish Post.
- Support pack for schools.
- Celebrating Women in Irish Mythology. – Who will you choose?
Stories in the Landscape 7: A conversation with Professor Patrick Nunn
Patrick Nunn is the Professor of Geography and Director of the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Patrick has brought his experiences of Pacific Island cultures to Australia, focused largely on highlighting the depth and longevity of oral traditions, especially of memorable/catastrophic events like volcanic eruptions and post-glacial sea-level rise. Recently he has extended these interests to northwest Europe, especially to Brittany, and is focused on applying insights gleaned from Australia and the Pacific to the rest of the world.
Join Chris and Patrick as they discuss, remarkable oral story transmission, illustrated by ‘climate change’ stories from Australia, the Pacific Islands, and, Ireland. In this conversation I finally get to discuss the potantial longevity of the Dindshenchas story of Sinann, a conversation that I have been looking forward to since 2015!
- Listen to the podcast: A Conversation with Patrick Nunn
- He is the Author of Edge of Memory and Worlds in Shadow, books I very highly recommend.
- Listen to The Story Of Sinann podcast.
Stories in the Landscape 8: A Conversation with Professor Benjamin Dwyer:
Ben is an Irish musician and performer as well as professor of music at Middlesex University. His recent work, Sacrum Profanum is a deeply thought provoking musical exploration of the enigmatic Sheela-na-gigs as watchers and witnesses of a thousand years of Irish history.