We are busy working with local schoolchildren in preparation for St Patrick’s Day Parade. Thanks to St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee’s funding — all raised by volunteers — , we provide a storyteller and artist to help the children make props for the parade.
This year’s theme story is the tale of Patrick himself: how he was captured by pirates and brought to Ireland. He was sold as a slave and worked on Sliabh Mish. More about Patrick’s story here.
Follow this link to our Story of Patrick poem written specially for this year’s workshops.
You might even spot us on BBC East Midlands today.
Watch out for the children in the parade on Sunday 17th March. (The parade sets off around 12.00 from Hockley to Market Square.) Give them a cheer when you see them. They have worked hard on making costumes, props and banners.
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade!
If your school would like an Irish story and craft session, get in touch. We tell traditional Irish tales. We can provide extension literacy handouts and colouring pages if needed.
Irish Cursing: A Magical History, with Thomas Waters
Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH
Wednesday 13 March 7pm – 8.30pm
£3 inc refreshments.
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Historian Thomas Waters explores the weird world of Irish maledictions and curses. He shows that Irish folklore went well beyond fairies, banshees, apparitions and holy wells.
Cursing was a righteous supernatural attack, which used clever wordplay and special rituals to smite evildoers. With roots in ancient times, this type of cursing remained extremely widespread during the modern era, as Ireland’s people fought over food, land, religion and politics. Although it’s declined recently, even today some people still throw angry maledictions.
In this talk, Dr. Waters introduces the history and principles of cursing, and explains why the Irish were so good at it. If you think ordinary swearing is handy for letting off steam, you’ve seen nothing yet.
‘May you wither up by the fire of hell soon and sudden, may the flesh rot off your bones and fall away putrid before your eyes, and may the consolation of eternal flames come to be your consolation in your last illness, and the hearthstone of hell be your pillow for ever.’ – from a letter sent to a Limerick landlord, in 1886.
Thomas Waters lives locally, in Beeston. He’s a lecturer in history at Imperial College London and author of Cursed Britain: A History of Evil Magic in Modern Times, due to be published in August by Yale University Press.
This event is part of Nottingham St Patrick’s Day Festival 2019. More info here .