Waking Light: Mícheál McCann & Kerri ní Dochartaigh

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Wednesday 13 July 2022

11:00 am


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Join writers Mícheál McCann and Kerri ní Dochartaigh as they discuss their new creative collaboration Waking Light. Through poetry, imagery and lyric fragments, Waking Light seeks to honour the small things, the seeds of beginnings and endings, and the search for places where we find ourselves and each other. 

Admission: €18

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Waking Light is the result of a collaboration between writers Mícheál McCann and Kerri ní Dochartaigh and photographer Michelle Moloney. Recognising that events like the solstice and other transformative natural cycles both ground and elevate us, Waking Light is a hymn that sings of the shift in the light – the constant source of life – amidst the backdrop of a rapidly changing world. Filled with hope and elegy, these evocative reflections offer a measure of grace, solace and renewal. This limited run of 300 beautiful accordion books will be handmade by artist and bookbinder Éilís Murphy of Folded Leaf. Waking Light will be published by Skein Press on 21 June to mark the Summer Solstice, 2022.


This event is presented in partnership with Dublin Book Festival.


Solstice Stories is a new series published by Skein Press which will feature creative collaborations between established and emerging writers along with a visual artist, presented in the form of a high-quality book and accompanying audio-visual experience. This innovative series will showcase the work of contemporary writers and artists, at least one of whom is from a background traditionally underrepresented in Irish literature and the arts. Solstice Stories is designed to be a celebration of the small, the brilliant, and the beautiful. It seeks to stimulate conversations and inspire hope by reconnecting us with our imaginations, and bringing people and communities together, particularly in this time of increased distance and isolation. The series provides a unique developmental space to foster collaboration of this nature, with creativity and inclusiveness at its heart. Skein Press will publish two of these bespoke books each year to mark the transformation, within and without, occurring on the solstice/equinox dates each year.



Mícheál McCann

Mícheál McCann is from Derry. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review, The Manchester Review, and Queering the Green. In 2021, he was one of ten...

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Kerri ní Dochartaigh

Kerri ní Dochartaigh is the author of Thin Places (Canongate, 2020) which was highly commended by the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2021. She has written for the Guardian, the...

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