Described as ‘Galway’s most magical arts night’, Moth and Butterfly is a storytelling event with huge heart. The tellers combine short true personal stories, fiction/folk tales with improvised stories, as well as inviting audience tellers to participate. Each night of stories has a theme, and for YARN that theme is ‘The Connection’. More info how the night works: facebook.com/mothandbutterflystories. To request your name in the hat to tell on the night email firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us for a very special night of stories. The night contains true and improvised stories that may address adult themes. Over 16s audience members recommended.
Moth & Butterfly is hosted by Órla Mc Govern, Niceol Blue, and guest Crew Member Catherine Brophy. They will be joined by additional tellers on the night.
Órla Mc Govern
Órla Mc Govern is a storyteller, writer and performer living in Galway. She has told around the world from kitchen to arena, including at; The Listowel Writers' Week, Irish Festival of Oulu, Finland, Brigit’s Garden, Yarnspinners, The Secret Garden, Milk and Cookies, Body and Soul festivals to name a few. Her plays and short films and radio piece have been produced around the world including as part of Cuírt's International Literary Festival in Galway, Ireland, Origin Theatre Company's 'First Irish' Festival in New York, USA, The Abbey Theatre Dublin, Galway Theatre Festival, Electric Picnic, Red Barn, Thomastown, Key City, Washington & Flat Lakes Festival, Cavan, Attic Studio Film Festival and more. Órla also works regularly as an actor and Improvisational Theatre Performer and Facilitator. She has written two books: 'Dublin Folk Tales For Children’ and ‘Wild Waves & Wishing Wells’(History Press). She is Artistic Director of Moth and Butterfly, The Black Phone Box Project and a member of Storytellers of Ireland. She told at the wonderful Yarn festival (in a trio of artists) a few years back and is delighted to return to Bray.
Niceol Blue is a singer, songwriter, writer, improviser and storyteller, Niceol grew up in Pacific Northwest, an environment that shaped her unique style of music; a mix of blues, rock and folk. She has performed to audience acclaim, at various venues, from the ‘tiny to the huge’, around USA and Ireland. Niceol is a published poet, and as has been described as “an exceptional singer-songwriter with powerful vocals”. Her work has been selected for the ‘poets on the bus’ series in Seattle, USA. Niceol is a founding crew member of Moth and Butterfly, and a member of The Sky Babies, Galway’s only professional improv troupe, for whom she helps shape environments through light and sound. When not singing or telling stories, Niceol moonlights as a novelist and a DJ. She is delighted to be back at Yarn this year.
Catherine Brophy is an Irish writer, storyteller, broadcaster, teacher and facilitator. She was born and reared in Dublin and has travelled the world in many different capacities. She has written four novels: The Liberation of Margaret Mc Cabe, Dark Paradise, Zouaves and Burning Bright. She worked as a scriptwriter and script editor on RTE’s ‘Fair City’ for several seasons. Catherine has been a panel member on ‘The View’, a contributor for ‘Sunday Miscellany’ and has also written for film. Catherine’s passion for storytelling leads her around Ireland and beyond, as both a teller and a facilitator. Her many adventures have yielded many stories!
She has been a guest Crew Member of Moth and Butterfly for some of their other outings, and is happy to repeat the role in her own neighbourhood!