The Shaking Bog exists to highlight this burgeoning art form as a way of describing and nurturing the deep connectedness between nature and writing. But whilst literature, both poetry and prose, is its core concern, it also explores the narratives of other art forms - thereby presenting a rich and varied tapestry of engagement. This wider canvas varies from festival to festival and podcast to podcast, but can include; dramatic prose, the written scores of music, the visual language of art and the embodied narratives of dance, as they each respond to nature in their own individual yet universal ways. The aim is to offer different portals for people to enter into a deeper relationship with the world around them.
When I am among trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, daily.
The Shaking Bog Festival takes place at indoor and outdoor locations throughout the valley including; in fields and forests; on riverbanks and hillsides; in tents, churches and schools. Likewise, the podcast remains firmly rooted in the local landscape whilst reaching out to a wider vision of Irish landscape through a broad canvas of contributing artists.
The Shaking Bog could not exist without the generous support of its funders; Wicklow County Council, Wicklow County Council Arts Office, The Arts Council of Ireland, Wicklow Partnership’s LEADER, National Parks & Wildlife Services, Wicklow Heritage Department, Wicklow Uplands Council, Mermaid Arts Centre and Poetry Ireland.
We are also grateful for the support of our Creative Partners; Mermaid Arts Centre and Fighting Words.
A very special word of thanks to The Shaking Bog’s sponsors including; Coillte Nature, DRes Durkan Residential and King Tree Services.
Finally, we appreciate the support of our presenting partners including; Mermaid Arts Centre, St Patrick’s Church, Enniskerry, the Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation and the Glencree Society.