John Lewis-Stempel, 2019
A diverse range of offerings, many of which will happen outdoors or in an open marquee, will include; readings, workshops, public interviews, outdoor performances, films, concerts, workshops, nature trails and more. Artists of the very highest calibre – both national and international - will present an array of artistic, educational and participatory events, appealing to both arts and nature lovers alike. With a focus on meaningful engagement, The Shaking Bog Festival invites people to step away from the trials of everyday life and move towards a deeper appreciation of their instinctive connection to the natural world.
Making connections through the arts and nature
“Among our most celebrated writers in fiction and non-fiction.”
- The Sunday Times
“A Derry writer’s powerful, unflinching account of her war-torn childhood and her quest for peace is part hymn to nature, part Troubles memoir.”
“He has the sharpest eye, the wildest sense of humour and the most benevolent heart.”
Kate Kellaway, The Observer
Rural Vagabonds is a custom built and designed freewheeling cafe, conceived by two friends living abroad and built on the West Coast of Ireland.
Wanting to bring a service that is fun, comforting and offers more than the same, Rural Vagabonds is committed to working with ethically-minded and transparent suppliers with values that are similar to their own.
Their coffee is supplied by a company following Fairchain principles, which offers transparency, better support for workers within the coffee belt and a more nuanced and holistic approach to environmental issues within the coffee industry.
Rural Vagabonds are on a journey to reducing their carbon footprint and, although there is a lot more to be done, the team is continually looking at new ways to tread more lightly in the communities they support.
Currently the team are in the process of resetting up in the Kildare/ Laois region after their lease expired at Naas Retail Park last month.
Offering a rich tapestry of readings, reflections and conversations from some of Ireland’s finest writers, artists and nature experts, each episode offers a carefully crafted and varied canvas of voices from a diverse range of artistic disciplines. Interweaving gentle observations of life, art and nature, the podcast endeavours to bring the listener on an intimate meander through the seasons.
The Shaking Bog had a very busy autumn, presenting a ‘live’, action-packed festival that was filled to the brim with a stellar line-up of writers, artists, musicians and naturalists. And now we are very pleased to be launching our new podcast – a Festival edition – that takes a look back at what happened over that magical weekend and hopefully reflects something of the very special energy and spirit of the programme.
The Shaking Bog would like to invite you to share in our vision and help us to grow by becoming a friend of the festival. In return you will receive exclusive benefits including; complimentary tickets, early bird bookings and more. Your support is greatly appreciated.Become a Friend
"a beautiful event, with a marquee full of audience, and so appreciative! ...a superb new festival!"