To book your free place on this workshop please contact Box Office on 01-2724030
Join artist/folklorist Michael Fortune for a once off series of workshops which creatively explore the living folklore, stories and customs of Co. Wicklow. Participants will be not only get to hear all about their local Wicklow stories they will also help bring more stories alive through various creative writing and performance exercises where they will create their very own newly ‘invented’ folklore and stories. This is great workshop for anyone who is prone to exaggeration and telling the odd white lie.
Michael Fortune is many things to many people. Some people know him as an artist and filmmaker, more as an educator, more as a collector of folklore and more as a lover of traditional song. He has cut many furrows with his work for almost twenty years, and his pioneering practice has widened the conversations regarding the intersection of traditional and contemporary cultures in Ireland and the general appreciation and understanding of culture in all it manifestations.For years Michael worked in youth education, working on film, story making, folklore collection projects with young people all over Ireland in a variety of settings from schools, to youth groups to community projects. In recent years much of his work is presented on social media platforms while he also contributes articles and features for various national papers such as The Journal, RTÉ Culture and Irish Central as well as doing feature for local and national radio including RTÉ and BBC Radio. In 2018 he was curator on RTÉ series National Treasure series while he presents a regular slot on the Séan O’Rourke on Ireland’s ancient and contemporary folklore.
‘There have only been a few people - guardians, sacred recorders - who have collected and documented this material and Michael is one of them. Michael Fortune in years to come is going to be Ireland’s Alan Lomax’Manchán Magan speaking at ‘The Michael Fortune Folklore Collection ‘ in October 2016 in The National Library