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June 25, 2021


A gentle meander through the world where art and nature meet. As the seasons turn towards autumn and the swallows prepare for their great migration, Catherine Nunes, Director of Wicklow’s Shaking Bog Festival leads us through the countryside with an interwoven tapestry of conversations, readings and reflections.  

This episode features poet Sean Hewitt, memoirist & farmer Selina Guinness, Trinidadian/Scottish poet Vahni Capildeo, historian and tree enthusiast Thomas Pakenham, and artist Gráinne Cuffe in conversation with botanist Prof. Jane Stout.

Produced by The Shaking Bog Festival - celebrating our connection to the natural world - in collaboration with Coillte Nature & Mermaid Arts Centre.

Contributors to The Shaking Bog’s Autumn Podcast include:

Sean Hewitt is a poet and research fellow at University College Cork. He recently published a highly acclaimed collection of poetry, Tongues of Fire(Cape Poetry).
Selina Guinness’s memoir Crocodile by the Door (Penguin) was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards in 2012. She is a lecturer, writer and sheep farmer.
Vahni Capildeo’s poems Tending & Welcome (as featured in the podcast) are from her celebrated collection Venus as a Bear (Carcanet). She was the winner of the prestigious Forward Prize in 2016.
Thomas Pakenham is an internationally renowned writer, historian and lover of trees. His many books include Meetings with Remarkable Trees andThe Company of Trees; A Year in a Lifetime’s Quest (Orion).  
Artist Gráinne Cuffe is a leading figure in contemporary Irish printmaking. Her stunning etchings of flowers can be found in major collections both in Ireland and abroad.
Professor Jane Stout is Professor of Botany at Trinity College Dublin where her research expertise is in the field of ecology, with an emphasis on the human impact on biodiversity.

Direct link to podcast episode:

Recommended by the Irish Independent

"..I adored the previous summer's Shaking Bog Festival and as we turn towards autumn, director Catherine Nunes treats us to a podcast with poet Seán Hewitt and memoirist Selina Guinness, among others celebrating our connection to the natural world. In partnership with Coillte Nature & Mermaid Arts Centre. "

from: Irish Independent


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