Nature Writing Festival

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

Shaking Bog Festival - Festival Guests

John Lewis-Stempel

John Lewis Stempel

John Lewis-Stempel is an English farmer and author. The Times has called him 'Britain's finest living nature writer.' His many books include the Sunday Times top five bestsellers The Running Hare and The Wood. John is the only person to have twice won the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing twice, with Meadowland and Where Poppies Blow.  In 2016, he was voted Magazine Columnist of the Year for his columns in Country Life magazine.

Pascale Petit

Pascale Petit

Pascale Petit was born in Paris and lives in Cornwall.  She trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art and was a visual artist for the first part of her life.  Pascale’s seventh poetry collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017), won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, was shortlisted for the Roehampton Prize, and was a Poetry Book Society Choice.  , Four of her collections have been shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and five poems from Fauverie, her fourth,  won the Manchester Poetry Prize.

Pascale’s next collection Tiger Girl, due from Bloodaxe in 2020, won an RSL Literature Matters Award as a work in progress.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Paul Durcan

Paul Durcan

Paul Durcan has been a towering and iconic presence on the Irish literary landscape for many decades. His extraordinary poetry readings capture a rare and unique engagement with the both the public and personal. He is a profound and dazzling presence - full of heart and humour but imbued with a particular pathos that underscores his poetic vision. There are elements of the prayerful, the music hall, the confessional and the intimate in his work. It seems that nothing in the personal space nor the public sphere is off limits. One senses that this all comes at a personal price to him, but it is a price - for the audience, at least - that is worth paying.

Carlo Gebler

Carlo Gebler

Carlo Gébler was born in Dublin in 1954.  He lives outside Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.  His most recent publications (all from New Island) are The Projectionist, the story of Ernest Gébler, a life of his father that mixes memoir and biography, and the short story collection, The Wing Orderly’s Tales, a collection of interlinking stories told by a prison orderly serving a lengthy sentence for violence in a fictional prison, HMP Loanend, and The Innocent of Falkland Road, a novel set in London in the 1960s, and Aesop’s Fables, the Cruelty of the Gods (a collaboration with the artist Gavin Weston), a new version of the fables.  His plays The Box and SL&NCR – an entertainment that goes from A – Z, were both produced in the spring pf 2019.

Carlo Gébler was a teacher in HMP Maze from 1991 – 1997, writer-in-residence in HMP Maghaberry, Co. Antrim from 1997 to 2015 and now works occasionally in Hydebank College (formerly Hydebank Young Offenders’ Centre) and HMP Magilligan.  He also works with prisoners in the community and teaches creative writing at Trinity College, Dublin, in the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing. and at the American College Dublin.  He has been a member of Aosdána since 1992.  His play The Hydebank Testimonials (based on the personal testimonies of prisoners) will be performed in Hydebank later in the year.

Shirley McClure

Shirley McClure

Shirley McClure’s first collection, Who’s Counting? was published by Bradshaw Books in 2010 and her second collection, Stone Dress, by Arlen House in 2015. Her poetry was widely published in literary journals and she won numerous awards, including Listowel Writers’ Week Originals Poetry Competition 2014, the PENfro Poetry Competition 2015 and runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh Award 2009. Shirley was a shiatsu practitioner and taught creative writing with a particular interest in writing and health.

Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke is an Irish poet living in Co. Wicklow. Her first collection, The River, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015. All the Way Home, Jane’s illustrated booklet of poems in response to a First World War family archive held in the Mary Evans Picture Library, London, was published by Smith|Doorstop in April 2019. Her second book-length collection, When the Tree Falls, will be published by Bloodaxe Books in September 2019.

Jane holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin, an MPhil in Writing from the University of South Wales, and has a background in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Her first collection, The River was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize, given for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry evoking the spirit of a place. In 2016 she won the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry and the inaugural Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year Award. She was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Literary Bursary in 2017.

www.janeclarkepoetry.ie

Katie Donovan

Katie Donovan

Katie Donovan has published five collections of poetry, all with Bloodaxe books. Her first collection, “Watermelon Man”, appeared in 1993, followed by “Entering the Mare”; “Day of the Dead” and “Rootling: New and Selected Poems”. Her most recent collection, “Off Duty”(2016) was shortlisted for the 2017 Poetry Now Prize. She is a recipient of the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry.

Shane Hegarty

Caitriona NiMhurchu

Shane Hegarty is a bestselling Irish children's author.  His fantasy series 'Darkmouth' has been translated into over a dozen languages and is being adapted for the big screen.  His latest book 'Boot' is about a lost, confused, dancing robot searching for its owner.  Shane is a former Arts Editor of The Irish Times.

Declan Murphy

Declan Murphy

Declan Murphy lives near Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains, having moved there from his native Dublin in 2004. He has an innate and seemingly boundless interest in all aspects of nature, but especially in birds. A highly experienced birdwatcher, he has 'birded' extensively throughout Ireland and many parts of the world, including Australia, North America, Asia and Africa. His love for, and knowledge of, birds eventually led him to work with BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland's largest conservation charity.

Declan published his first book, A Life in the Trees, in September 2017. It received highly favourable reviews in The Irish Times and on both RTÉ's Liveline and Mooney Goes Wild Show. Within six months the first edition, a hardback version, was sold out and the publishing rights had been acquired by Lilliput Press, a Dublin-based publishing company. A paperback version of the book was released in early 2019 and made available both nationwide and in the UK.

Declan has now begun work on his second book, which will be written in the same style and genre as the first.

Theo Jebb

Theo Jebb

In a short career, Theo has worked on several award winning and internationally recognised wildlife films. In 2010 he began his career assisting and filming on a production called ‘The Secret Life of the Shannon’ with ‘Crossing the Line Films’.  This production was one of the first of its kind to shoot with a HD Slow-motion camera, called a Phantom.

Crossing the Line Films was the only company in the country who owned a Phantom camera at the time. This provided a unique opportunity for Theo to work as a Phantom camera operator on a vast array of projects that this camera was rented to.  This garnered him experience working on Commercials, TV dramas such as ‘Penny Dreadful’ and feature films such as ‘Hardy Bucks’.

In 2015 he received an Emmy award for Cinematography. This award was for his involvement in National Geographic’s, ‘Wild Yellowstone’ series. The series was produced by American extreme sports company, BrainFarm cinema.

In recent years, Theo has helped establish and grow a small independent production company called ‘Sonder Visuals’.  The company produces a range of content for brands and advertising agencies along with filming with Drones and ‘Sonder Visuals’ phantom camera. Along with his work for the company, he also remains working on a freelance basis as a wildlife cinematographer.  Most recently he spent three weeks in Arctic Canada filming polar bear mothers and cubs emerging from their winter dens, for a National Geographic web-series.

Sylvia Thompson

Sylvia Thompson

Sylvia Thompson is a journalist and author. She writes for the Irish Times on health, the environment, science and the natural world.  Her books include Hands On: the art of crafting in Ireland (Liberties Press) and Test-Driving Complementary Therapies (Gill&Macmillan).  She also facilitates workshops on Conscious Consumption Communities for the environmental NGO, Voice Ireland.   She has an honours degree in psychology from Trinity College Dublin and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Dublin City University.  She lives in County Wicklow with her husband, artist Des Fox, their three daughters, Kaitlin, Beulah and Juliette, their dog, Lola and cat, Ginger.

Liam Ó Maonlaí

Caitriona NiMhurchu

Liam Ó Maonlaí is one of the most talented, charismatic and soulful performers of Irish traditional music today. But his musical prowess goes beyond his own cultural roots as he blends an eclectic mix of folk, blues, gospel, soul, rock, and more with his amazing vocals and an array of instrumental mastery from piano to flute, harmonica to bodhran.

Since first bursting onto the scene in the 1980s with his band Hothouse Flowers, Liam has captured the attention of audiences, critics and musicians alike. According to “Rolling Stone Magazine” Bono noted the ensemble were the “best unsigned band on the planet”.  It is no wonder that Liam remains a "musician's musician" and no surprise he has performed alongside the best of them.  As a solo performer as well as frontman of Hothouse Flowers, Liam continues to wow audiences worldwide reinventing himself with each performance.

Mary Coughlan

Mary Coughlan

Ireland’s Mary Coughlan is arguably the greatest female singer to have emerged from Ireland in recent times, the equivalent of Irish vocal royalty. The word ‘legend’ isnot one to be used lightly, but in this case is entirely appropriate.“Dubbed as Ireland’s Billie Holiday, Mary is a jazz & blues singer whose life story gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives”(The Guardian). Whether into folk, blues or jazz, no one can fail to be moved by the emotional depth, expression & power in her voice, forged from an extraordinarylife.

Born in Galway 60 years ago, Mary has battled and overcome childhood trauma, near-death from alcoholism and drug addiction. After hitting rock-bottom and spending extensive periods in psychiatric hospitals and rehab centres, she literally pulled herself out of the dregs of a vodka bottle to confront the foundations of her problems headonand sort out her life, and has been sober since 1993.

Mary has carved out a timeless and highly regarded career, with a legion of devoted fans worldwide. Her ability to connect so emotionally & empathically with both thesong & her audience is testament to her inner strength, and to the power of transformation & redemption. The stage is her home. To hear Mary sing is truly to be at thecore of the human heart.Since her first album ‘Tired and Emotional’ rocketed her to overnight fame in 1985, she has recorded 15 further solo albums, most recently the searing song cycle ‘Scarson the Calendar’ with Erik Visser. Throughout the 90’s, Mary was selling out some of the UK’s most prestigious venues, including the Mean Fiddler, London’s Astoria andthe Liverpool Philharmonic. She has since gone on to tour in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Scandinavia and the U.K.

The Square Pegs

The Square Pegs

Square Pegs consists of Dublin based seasoned musicians Colm Quearney, Graham Hopkins, Justin Carroll, Conor Brady & Naomi Macleod.

They gather as often as possible, when not touring or recording with other artists ( such as Glen Hansard, The Frames, Villagers, Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Toots and the Maytals & many more ) to pay homage to the sound of Chicago Blues, 50′s R&B, & New Orleans Blues.

At their gigs a 'good-time' is always had!

Philip Elliott

Philip Elliott

Philip is an illustrator and graphic designer. Formerly an art director in the advertising business, he has been telling stories for clients for many years through film, animation and print. In recent years he has ventured into the medium of comics for storytelling. He has exhibited his work and illustrated children’s books. He loves to turn words upside-down and inside-out and will do anything to illustrate a good pun. He is a member of Illustrators Ireland and on the organising committee for this year’s Alliance Francaise Comic Book Festival for which he has written and illustrated a piece for the Live Reading evening.

www.plipspace.com
Instagram: pforplip

Caitríona NíMhúrchú

Caitriona NiMhurchu

Caitríona, a Six-in-the-Attic alumni, trained at the Gaiety School of Acting and is an an award-winning performer and writer.

Most recently Caitríona directed Mise Michéal for The Abbey Outreach Department; she took part in the international artist’s Lab PUSH in Belgium; an RTÉ Radio commission to create a sound-play around a little known event in Kafka’s life, The Little Penpal, has been nominated for Best Writing and Best Narration in the New York Festivals World Radio Awards 2018.

With her own company, Little Wolf, she co-created Goblom with choreographer Ella Clarke. Goblom was part of The Autonomy Project/Limerick Fringe and played earlier in the year in the World Academy of Dance U.L. She played Pleasance Dome, Tiger Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe with Eating Seals and Seagull’s Eggs to critical acclaim.

In other recent work, Caitríona performed Nassim for DTF and she played the title role in Forever Yours Mary-Lou at the Ustinov, Theatre Royal Bath, directed by Laurence Boswell. Tim Crouch asked her to take part in the 10th Anniversary Celebration of The Oak Tree at The Traverse 2015. Other recent work includes Lippy on tour - Edinburgh, Germany, London, New York, UK, (Fringe First, Fringe Angel, Obie); Afterplay by Brian Friel for Bealtaine Festival, directed by Jason Byrne; choreographer Liz Roche’s Interloper, Dublin & National Tour; Tom & Vera, Desperate Optimists return to the Irish stage for DTF; Lippy by Dead Centre (Best Production at the 2013 Fringe Festival and Best Production for Irish Times Theatre Awards 2014); a sell-out tour of Colin Murphy’s Guaranteed for Fishamble (Nominated Best New Play 2014); Taking Back Our Voices, Abbey Theatre, in collaboration with Ruhama; the world premiere of Marina Carr’s 16 Possible Glimpses a the Peacock (IT Best Supporting Actress Nomination); other appearances at the Abbey and Peacock include Beauty in a Broken Place, Ariel, Caoineadh Airt Ui Laoghaire and Conall Morrison’s trilogy of one acts Riders to the Sea/ Purgatory/ Dandy Dolls for the DTF. Other recent work includes Titania/Hermia in A Midsummer’s Night Dream direacted by Jason Byrne for the Project Theatre; The Sit by Gavin Kostick (Bewley’s Café Award Nomination); The Party, a one-woman show adapted from the Chekhov short story by Caitríona & director Sophie Motley; Arkadina in The Seagull (Nominated for Best Female Performer & Best Production); Susannah Cibber in Joseph O’Connor’s Handel’s Crossing for Fishamble; The Death of Harry Leon for Oroborous.  Work at the Gate Theatre includes Princess Betsy, Anna Karenina; Duchess of Berwick, Lady Windemere’s Fan; Barbara, The Constant Wife. Other work includes Whereabouts, Fishamble (Nominated for IT Special Award); La Marea, directed by Mariano Ponsetti; Wedding Day at the Cro-Magnons, Roberto Zucco, This is Not a Life with Bedrock and Martin Crimp’s Cruel and Tender with Hatch Productions directed by Annabelle Comyn.

Recent film and television work includes Bailout (TV3); Acceptable Risk, Saffron Pictures/RTÉ 1; series regular Janine in Scúp (BBCNI/TG4), Series 1 & 2, directed by Declan Recks; Men & Women directed by Ruth Meehan; A Thousand Times Goodnight, directed by Erik Poppe; Countess Markcievicz in Seachtar na Cásca (TG4), directed by Dathaí Keane; Sgt Reynolds in Ice-Cream Girls (ITV) directed by Dan Zeff and Cesca in Cesca’s Diary, Arkhive Productions. Other work includes The Clinic (RTE), Proof (RTE), Fair City (RTE), On Home Ground (RTE), Tri Sceal (TG4), Ballykissangel (BBC).

Caitríona has written extensively for children’s television and her children’s books have been published by Cló Iar-Chonnachta, O’Brien Press and Cló Mhuigh Eo. A number of Caitríona’s radio plays have been broadcast by RTÉ – The Little Penpal, Eating Seals and Seagull’s Eggs and Momento Mori. Her play Agóid - a bilingual work for youth ensembles examining the impulse of protest – comissioned by YTI/AXIS was launched at Playshare December 2016 and premiered in Friar’s Gate Theatre March 2017.

Terry O'Neill

Terry O'Neill

Terry is an actor and stand-up comic who trained in theatre at Bull Alley before graduating on to Ireland’s first ever full-time screen acting program at The Factory (now called Bow street).  His stage work includes Borstal Boy at the Gaiety theatre, (Dir Conal Morrison) Cornerstones, at the Civic Theatre,  Romeo and Juliet, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge and Juno and the Paycock (Dir Mark O'Rowe) all 3 were at the Gate theatre. Most recently Terry was part of a cast who took Una McKevitt’s award winning documentary Alien to Holland for a run.

TV credits include RTE shows Love/Hate (season 3), Rebellion and Striking Out opposite Amy Huberman. Terry was also cast in MGM series pilot "Dawn" directed by Oscar winning Robert Strongberg.

Film credits include "How to be Happy" and "A Date for Mad Mary".  Last year, Terry was seen on cinema screens in three of the year’s most talked about films: Frank Berry’s award winning "Michael Inside";  Emmet Kirwin’s "Dublin Old School" (directed by Dave Tynan) and Alan Gilsenan’s critically acclaimed film "The Meeting" in which he had a leading role.

As a comedian, Terry is also busily gigging across Ireland and has played several festivals including Vodafone Comedy Festival. He is also a regular MC at Dublin’s International Comedy Club.