We live in an earth facing ecological crisis, changing weather systems, species extinctions, and global pandemics. How can we repair our collapsing environments?

Learn from the creative practices of four artists working in southwest Ireland – Monica de Bath, Cathy Fitzgerald, Pauline O’Connell and Seoidín O’Sullivan – who ‘stay with the trouble’ and make ‘kin in lines of inventive connections’ – Donna Haraway, 2016.

Earth Writings: Bogs, Forests, Fields, Gardens, 2020

As part of the Temple Bar Gallery Dublin Art Book Fair 2020 the artists, scholars and curators of Earth Writings – a book to celebrate the inaugural Earth Writings exhibition last year, a soon to be launched website and forthcoming short academic book series with Cork University press, will make short presentations and be available for questions in two online book launches (see details of how to join below).

Earth Writings: Bogs, Forests, Fields, Gardens includes artwork and exhibition vignettes, and essays with the artists in conversations with Irish Studies and Geography scholars Patrick Bresnihan, Nessa Cronin, Gerry Kearns and Karen E. Till. With introductions by Lucina Russell and Karen Till.

The cover page for my conversation with Dr Nessa Cronin, Irish Studies, Co-Director of the Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway. Our chapter is a transcript of this conversation from the Exhibition and Seminar opening, Nov 2019.

Earth Writings book launches are part of the online Dublin Art Book Fair 2020, from 23 Nov-6 Decemeber. DABF embraces arts-practice publishing, artist-run culture and participatory events at the intersection of art and contemporary culture. The first launch takes place during international GeoWeek 2020, which highlights the importance of geographical knowledge for understanding the world around us and addressing contemporary social, political and environmental issues. The second launch will contribute to Creative Rathangan Meithal’s ‘Layers 3’ event and include artist-scholar Christine Mackey as a guest commentator.

A limited number of hard-copy books are available for €8 through the Temple Bar Dublin Art Book Fair. A PDF of the volume will also soon be available on a new Earth Writings webpage.

For questions please email: karen.till@mu.ie

Earth Writings: Bogs, Forests, Fields, Gardens (2020), edited by Karen E. Till. ISBN 978-0-9547955-3-5, 73 pp., with full colour images by the artists. Funded by Creative Ireland Kildare, Maynooth Geography and the Irish Research Council New Foundations STEAM grant.



Wed, 25 November, 8 – 9pm

You can also book and RSVP on our Facebook Event page here

1. 8:02 ish: Welcome from Moore Institute, Dr Nessa Cronin (2-3 min)
2. 8:05: Welcome, Prof. Karen Till (3-4 min)
3. 8: 10: Conversation 1: Gardens: Seoidín O’Sullivan and Karen Till (5 min)
4. 8: 16: Conversation 2: Forests: Cathy Fitzgerald and Nessa Cronin (5 min)
5. 8: 22: Conversation 3: Fields: Pauline O’Connell and Prof. Gerry Kearns (5 min)
6. 8: 28: Conversation 4: Bogs: Monica de Bath and Dr Paddy Bresnihan (5 min)
7. 8:34: Short (5 min only) reflection: Lucina Russell (5 min)
8. 8:40: Short questions/comments by the contributors on each other’s works

Hosted by the Moore Institute, NUI Galway; co-sponsored by Maynooth Geography and the Geographical Society of Ireland for ‘Geo-Week


Sat, 5 December, 10am (tbc)

hosted by Creative Rathangan Meitheal and co-sponsored by Space&Place Research Collective

Guest commentator: Christine Mackey

Eventbrite registration available soon for ‘Layers 3’: https://www.facebook.com/creativerathangan/

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