On The Trail Of Colmcille/Columba
August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmTBC
A Series of Online Literary Events
With Annemarie Ní Churreáin & Charlie Gracie
A series of online literary events to mark the 1500th birth anniversary of Colmcille. Led by Irish poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Scottish poet Charlie Gracie, these will include public workshops, poetry readings and podcast/webinar discussions: creating a space for poetry, reflection and the exploration of cross-cultural perspectives of Colmcille.
This project will comprise of a series of three online literary events to mark the 1500th birth anniversary of Colmcille. Led by Irish poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Scottish poet Charlie Gracie, these events will include public workshops, poetry readings and podcast/webinar discussions: there will be space for poetry, reflection, discussion and the exploration of cross-cultural perspectives of Colmcille. Some of the questions the events will explore may include –
● How can the poet draw inspiration from Colmcille’s history and heritage?
● What are the shared and different Irish and cultural perspectives on Colmcille?
● How is Colmcille viewed and celebrated differently between Ireland and Scotland?
● How can we explore questions of ecology within the context of Colmcille?
● How can we work with the traces of Colmcille that remain in the physical landscape?
● How can we begin to consider themes of conflict, violence and resolution?
● How can we consider the shifting landscape of faith practice, ritual and beliefs since the time of Colmcille, drawing upon the intersection between pagan Ireland and Christian Ireland?
● How can we explore through the lens of today’s world and technology? Who owns language? Who owns narrative?
● How can we consider Colmcille and his legacy from a feminist perspective?
● How have writers and artists previously responded to Colmcille? What impact has he had on today’s artistic and cultural life, in both Ireland and Scotland?
This event is in three parts: August 22nd 7-10pm, September 12th 7-10pm and October 10th 7-10pm
Annemarie Ní Churreáin
Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Her publications include Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) and Town (The Salvage Press, 2018). She is a recipient from the Irish Arts Council of The Next Generation Award and a co-recipient of The Markievicz Award. Annemarie has been granted literary fellowships by Akademie Schloss Solitude, Hawthornden Castle and Jack Kerouac House Orlando. Her awards include the John Broderick Award and an Artist In Residence Bursary from The Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris. Most recently Annemarie was 2019-20 Writer in Residence at Maynooth University of Ireland. Visit www.studiotwentyfive.com.
Charlie Gracie grew up in Baillieston, Glasgow. His poetry collections, Good Morning, (2010) and Tales from the Dartry Mountains (2020), were published by Diehard Press. His first novel, To Live With What You Are (2019) was published by Postbox Press.
He has strong links to Donegal, Leitrim and Belfast. His new poetry pamphlet, Belfast to Baillieston, will be published in 2021.
His work has appeared in a range of anthologies and journals, with some listed for literary prizes, including the Bath Novel Award, Cambridge Short Story Prize, Fish Poetry Prize, and Bridport Short Story and Poetry Prizes. Charlie was the 2020 official Scriever for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) and is a former Chair of the Scottish Writers’ Centre. He now lives on the edge of the Trossachs.
Photo of Charlie by Isabel Addie