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Programme of Events

Where Art & Nature Meet

Coming out of months of isolation, during which we all turned to both nature and art for solace and support, this festival is all about interweaving the two, in a programme that will hopefully help us to reconnect with the important things in life; writing, poetry, art, music, the natural world and each other.

Audiences will be reduced but most of our seated events will also be live streamed, to ensure that we reach the widest possible audience. We invite you to gather with our truly stellar line-up of artists and nature experts, in a potent celebration of what we value most.

Programme at a glance

Programme 2021

Artistic
Family
Nature
Wellness
Associated

Artistic Programme

Mary Coughlan
In-person & Online
Mary Coughlan
Opening Concert
September 10, 2021 8:30 PM
Glencree Marquee
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Joe Hogan
In-person
Joe Hogan
Exhibition & Talk with Maureen Kennelly
September 10, 2021 4:00 PM
September 11, 2021 1:00 PM
September 12, 2021 1:00 PM
Exhibition: St Patrick’s Church, Enniskerry - Talk: Glencree Marquee
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Retrospective Éamon de Buitléar
In-person & Online
Retrospective Éamon de Buitléar
Film & Panel Discussion with Paddy Woodworth Lailli de Buitléar, Jim Dalton, Paddy Glackin & Colin Stafford-Johnson
September 11, 2021 10:00 AM
Mermaid Arts
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Liz Berry & Paddy Glackin
In-person
Liz Berry & Paddy Glackin
Poetry & Music
September 11, 2021 3:00 PM
St Patrick’s Church, Enniskerry
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Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
In-person
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Poetry Reading
September 11, 2021 4:00 PM
Mermaid Arts Centre
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Dara McAnulty
In-person & Online
Dara McAnulty
In Conversation with Dearbhail McDonald
September 11, 2021 5:00 PM
Glencree Marquee
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Michael Longley
In-person & Online
Michael Longley
Reading & Conversation with Professor Margaret Kelleher
September 11, 2021 7:00 PM
Glencree Marquee
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Roddy Doyle
In-person & Online
Roddy Doyle
In conversation with Dearbhail McDonald
September 12, 2021 11:00 AM
Glencree Marquee
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Nell Regan
In-person
Nell Regan
Poetry Reading
September 12, 2021 11:30 AM
Japanese Gardens, Powerscourt House & Garden
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Winger Of The Blue: An Elegy for Joseph Campbell
In-person
Winger Of The Blue: An Elegy for Joseph Campbell
Outdoor Performance with Lisa Lambe & Marty Rea
September 12, 2021 1:00 PM
Oak Glen
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Kerri Ní Dochartaigh
In-person & Online
Kerri Ní Dochartaigh
Reading & Conversation with Eoin McNamee
September 12, 2021 3:00 PM
Glencree Marquee
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Melissa Harrison
In-person & Online
Melissa Harrison
In conversation with Paraic O’Donnell
September 12, 2021 5:00 PM
Glencree Marquee
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Alice Oswald
In-person
Alice Oswald
Reading & Conversation with Alan Gilsenan
September 12, 2021 7:00 PM
Glencree Marquee
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Colm Mac Con Iomaire
In-person & Online
Colm Mac Con Iomaire
In Concert With Catherine Fitzgerald
September 12, 2021 9:00 PM
Glencree Marquee
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Family Programme

Celebrating Nature for Children

The Shaking Bog - in partnership with our friends at Fighting Words - presents a special programme of workshops for children of all ages that interweaves art and nature through creative expression and imagination. Special guest artists and nature experts will offer a broad palette of participatory opportunities. 

Whether you like composing music, crafts, writing or graphic fiction, critters, carpentry, drumming and storytelling - there will be something for you! If you fancy making a morning out of it, you can join more than one workshop before you join in with the final celebration. 

(NB. Please note that booking is essential for all events. Please come in suitable footwear and be prepared for all weathers.)

Creating in Nature: Bird & Bat Box Building
All Ages
Creating in Nature: Bird & Bat Box Building
With Zef Klinkenbergh
September 11, 2021 10:00 AM
Aurora
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Creating in Nature: Bushcraft & Wilderness Techniques
Ages 11+
Creating in Nature: Bushcraft & Wilderness Techniques
With Adrian Nolan
September 11, 2021 10:00 AM
Aurora
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Writing with Fighting Words: Creative Writing Workshop
Ages 7-10 years
Writing with Fighting Words: Creative Writing Workshop
Art & Nature
With Pierina Campbell
September 11, 2021 10:00 AM
Aurora
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Creating in Nature: Gathering, Weaving & Exploring
Ages 10+
Creating in Nature: Gathering, Weaving & Exploring
With Caroline Dear & Liz McMahon
September 11, 2021 10:30 AM
Aurora
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Writing With Fighting Words: Song Writing Workshop
Ages 10 to teens
Writing With Fighting Words: Song Writing Workshop
Workshop
With Colm Quearney
September 11, 2021 11:00 AM
Aurora
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Listening & Learning: Creepy Critters
All Ages
Listening & Learning: Creepy Critters
With Collie Ennis
September 11, 2021 11:30 AM
Aurora
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Writing With Fighting Words: Graphic Fiction Workshop
Ages 8-11
Writing With Fighting Words: Graphic Fiction Workshop
With Rosa Devine
September 11, 2021 12:00 PM
Aurora
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Listening & Learning: Drumming Circle
Ages 11+
Listening & Learning: Drumming Circle
With Jake Quinn
September 11, 2021 12:30 PM
Aurora
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Let's Celebrate: A Grand Finale
Ages 11+
Let's Celebrate: A Grand Finale
With Oein DeBhairduin
September 11, 2021 2:00 PM
Aurora
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Dara McAnulty
In-person
Dara McAnulty
Free Event
September 12, 2021 10:00 AM
St Patrick’s N.S. Outdoor Classroom
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Nature Programme

Nature Tracks & Trails

Celebrating the renewed interest in nature that many of us shared during lockdown, The Shaking Bog offers a series of nature trails led by highly specialised experts with varied interests and wide-ranging knowledge.

(All Sunday morning trails begin from outside Knockree Hostel. Please arrive at 15 minutes before departure time. Easy to moderate trails. Sturdy footwear essential. Prepare for all weathers & wear suitable clothing - long sleeves and trousers recommended. Booking is required.)

The Magic of Moths
Outdoors - Free Event
The Magic of Moths
With Ciarán Finch
September 12, 2021 8:15 AM
Knockree Hostel
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Wildlife Tracks & Signs
Outdoors - Free Event
Wildlife Tracks & Signs
With Aoibheann Gaughran
September 12, 2021 9:00 AM
Knockree Hostel
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Nature in Autumn
Outdoors - Free Event
Nature in Autumn
With Anja Murray
September 12, 2021 10:00 AM
Knockree Hostel
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Native Woodland Communities in the Landscape
Outdoors - Free Event
Native Woodland Communities in the Landscape
With Declan Little
September 12, 2021 11:00 AM
Knockree Hostel
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Family Nature Trail
Outdoors - Free Event
Family Nature Trail
With Ian Edwards & David Lawton
September 12, 2021 12:00 PM
Knockree Hostel
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Morning walk with artist Joe Wilson
In-person
Morning walk with artist Joe Wilson
September 11, 2021 8:30 AM
Curtlestown Wood
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Nightwalk with Adrian Nolan
In-person
Nightwalk with Adrian Nolan
September 11, 2021 9:00 PM
Curtlestown Wood
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Wellness Programme

Sunrise Yoga with Eleanor Dawson
In-person
Sunrise Yoga with Eleanor Dawson
September 11, 2021 7:30 AM
Wellness
Glencree Marquee
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Forest Bathing with Shirley Gleeson
In-person
Forest Bathing with Shirley Gleeson
September 12, 2021 10:00 AM
Wellness
Oak Glen Wood
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Associated Events

Interwoven into this year’s programme are a number of Associated Events that the The Shaking Bog is delighted to co-present.

Joe Wilson
In-person
Joe Wilson
August 13, 2021 10:00 AM
Exhibition
Mermaid Gallery
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Walk & Create With Us - where community, art, nature & interculturalism meet
In-person
Walk & Create With Us - where community, art, nature & interculturalism meet
September 11, 2021 10:00 AM
Workshops
Glencree Marquee
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What We Can
In-person
What We Can
September 11, 2021 2:30 PM
Film Screening
Mermaid Arts Centre
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