MANTLES - Heritage, Place, Collaboration featuring artist Margo McNulty, writer Shauna Gilligan and facilitated by Clodagh Doyle, Keeper of the Irish Folklore Division at the National Museum of Ireland as part of the Kildare Readers’ Festival.
Shauna Gilligan is a novelist and short story writer living in Kildare. Her writing has been published in journals such as The Stinging Fly and New Welsh Review. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and teaches in further and higher education. She is particularly interested in exploring the crossover of art and literature in storytelling, the depiction of historical events in fiction, and creative processes.
Margo McNulty was born in Achill Island, Co. Mayo and studied Fine Art in Galway and completed her MFA in NCAD, Dublin. In April 2021, Mayo County Council awarded her a residency with the Jackie Clarke Collection Ballina. The commission is part of the Decade Centenaries Celebrations. Margo has exhibited widely with solo exhibitions and group shows in Ireland and internationally.
Mantles, awarded a Creative Ireland Bursary is the second collaborative project between Shauna and Margo. Mantles explores the themes of heritage and sense of place symbolising Brigid through archival artefacts and site visits and aims to create through words and images new representations of Brigid as an archetype of the sacred feminine. With this event Shauna and Margo will revisit their work on Bridget in the light of what the other has created – thereby having art and writing re-ignite and complete the process.
While this conversation between Gilligan, McNulty and Doyle focuses on community symbols, rituals and wells associated with Brigid, the book Mantles: Encountering Brigid published by Arlen House in October 2021 also offers critical reflection of the stories and histories of Brigid's life. The two KRF workshops on October 9th will give participants an opportunity to explore Brigid's stories and histories and personal connection to the sacred feminine through words and images.