A Midsummer Day’s Dream: Nature & Imagination

‎12noon – 4.30pm, Saturday 15th July

This magical day of nature, imagination and writing continues Mia Gallagher’s 2017 sojourn as Farmleigh Writer-in-Residence. Taking advantage of the long summer days, the event starts with a journey around Farmleigh’s beautiful Walled Garden led by OPW Architect Elizabeth Morgan. Through the guided walk, participants will explore the art of gardening and the role of imagination in the making and shaping of famous gardens. Broadcaster, author and environmental advocate Éanna ní Lamhna will then lead a walk and talk of Farmleigh’s wildlife, exploring the dynamic and always-changing relationship between the wild, the cultivated and the human.

The second part of the day will be a writing workshop led by Mia. Here participants will dig into their own experience of nature – through memory, imagination, play and storytelling. Whether working in prose, poetry or drama, the focus will be on freedom, fun and letting your inner writer go as wild as they need to!

This event is FREE to attend.
 
To apply for tickets to this event email farmleighinfo@opw.ie
 
The deadline for ticket entry is 5PM, Thursday 6th July.
 
Winners will receive two free tickets. Please note that only winners will be notified.
 
 
More on the facilitators

Éanna ní Lamhna is a botanist by profession. She was responsible for much of the ground-breaking species distribution mapping carried out by An Foras Forbartha in the 1970s and 80s, and has been a lecturer in sustainable development in DIT for the past twenty years. She is a respected public advocate for the environment, having been President of An Taisce from 2004-2009 and more recently President of the Tree Council of Ireland. She is the author of several books, including Wild Dublin (O’Brien Press) and Wild Things at School (The Heritage Council). She has broadcasted on RTE about wildlife since 1988 and is the mainstay of the Mooney goes Wild programmes. She has also made several Wildlife Radio documentaries and her television appearances include Creature Feature (50 programmes on wildlife for the Den), several Late Late shows, and numerous TG4 programmes, including An Dulra Blasta. She currently has a regular wildlife slot on TV3’s Six O’Clock Show. Her voice is instantly recognisable as that of an authority on Irish Wildlife matters.

Mia Gallagher is the author of two acclaimed novels – HellFire (Penguin, 2006) and Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland (New Island, 2016). Her award-winning short fiction has been internationally published and anthologised. Recently awarded a Literature Bursary to develop her next novel, Mia was guest-editor of the Stinging Fly’s Winter 2016/2017 issue Fear & Fantasy, and is now one of the Stinging Fly’s new contributing editors. Mia has also written and performed professionally for the stage. Mia has been facilitating creative writing and drama for over twenty years – her workshops are characterised by a high degree of fun, participation and positivity. ‘A Midsummer Day’s Dream’ has a very personal significance for Mia as her father, Gerhardt Gallagher, is a dedicated forester, woodlands advocate and landscape artist. She has had a lifelong love of nature and wildlife – both in its raw state and when it is expressed, explored and celebrated through human imagination and creativity.

Elizabeth Morgan is a Senior Landscape Conservation architect with the Office of Public Works. A graduate of UCD school of Architecture she holds a Masters in Conservation of Historic Landscapes & Gardens from the University of York .She has been involved in conservation/restoration projects to a number of historic properties including - Grounds & Formal Gardens at Royal Hospital Kilmainham,-Pleasure Grounds& Gardens at Farmleigh; -Walled Gardens at Muckross & Fota Houses and currently Pleasure Grounds and Gardens at Killarney House. She has also provided conservation advice on historic demesnes landscapes and is currently president of ICOMOS Ireland’s Cultural Landscapes National Scientific Committee.

 

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