Nature Writing Festival

Welcome to the Shaking Bog Festival

The festival is local in spirit but international in aspiration. Shaking Bog is for anyone who shares an interest in nature and writing; art and the environment; community and education; connection and conversation.

The idea of a festival such as this sprung from a love of the wondrous valley in which many of us are privileged to live and work. It is a valley of beauty, history and magic. But it is also a living community of people and animals stretching from Enniskerry upwards to Glencree and of wonderful organisations such as our partners the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and Fighting Words Wicklow. I am humbled by the warmth and generosity of the community’s response to what was - until very recently - just a hint of an idea. I’m particularly grateful to King Tree Services and Green King Composting for coming on board as sponsors.

The Shaking Bog Festival will be a two-day, immersive event that aims to reawaken and enhance our perspectives of the natural world. A plethora of diverse experiences will be on offer: readings & discussion from world-renowned authors and poets; a dramatic presentation at dusk; a bumper day of art and nature events for children at Aurora House; bird watching; a wildlife photography workshop; maybe even a little dancing by the fire. Our grand finale is a celebratory concert in St Kevin’s Church at Glencree that promises to be a truly magical affair, to end what we hope is a stimulating and life-enhancing weekend.

We are truly honoured to welcome world renowned artists to this splendid valley - the award-winning writer and farmer John Lewis-Stempel, the wonderful and much celebrated poet Pascale Petit, our very own deeply treasured poet Paul Durcan, the highly acclaimed and versatile author Carlo Gebler and superstar children’s author of Darkmouth fame Shane Hegarty. And that’s not all - for our final concert - some stellar musicians, including Liam O’Maonlai, Mary Coughlan and the Square Pegs, will joyfully lead us through a magical evening of reading, song and music.

For a brief time, we want to encourage everyone to step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life so that together - through the events of the festival - we may move into a deeper appreciation of our instinctive connection to the natural world. After all, this profound sense of connection is a key to safeguarding what is most precious for future generations.

As the great American poet Mary Oliver, who died early this year, wrote:

“When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.”

Come, immerse yourselves, have some fun and help us to make the Shaking Bog Festival our shared success.

Catherine Nunes
Festival Director

Shaking Bog is for anyone who shares an interest in nature and writing; art and the environment; community and education; connection and conversation.

Extra events added...

Due to the high demand for events - we have included some exciting late additions to our programme