Live on Zoom Irish stories 23 September

The Liskeard Storytelling Cafe and Strong Words Storytelling Club, a jolly combined group of yarnspinners in Cornwall, has invited me to be their featured teller on Zoom this Thursday, 23 September, at 7.30 pm British/Irish time. I’ll tell one longish Ulster story from the North of Ireland, one longish all-Ireland, and a short one or two if time allows.

Midir and Étaín – 9th century, all-Ireland.

The Sidhe lord Midir meets immortal Étaín, they fall in love and get married and live happily – for a time. The trouble starts when he takes her home after the honeymoon, and his first wife meets her. Then things get complicated over the next thousand years. Magic, mayhem, romance, shape-changing and shape-shifting, lust*, jealousy, and vengeance, with a bitter twist* at the end.

*If no under-18s are present.

The Champion’s Portion (Bricriu’s Feast) – 8th century, Ulster

Starring the great hero Cúchulainn and featuring the arch-villain Bricriu, the Irish counterpart of the malevolent Norse trickster Loki. Ulster warriors Cúchulainn, Conal Cearnach and Laoghaire Buadach compete for the champion’s portion – the finest cut of meat – at feasts and undergo a series of trials to determine who is most deserving. Language and literature experts generally agree that this story is the origin of the 14th-century Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

To register go to https://www.strongwords.org.uk/events/

About Richard Marsh

Bardic storyteller and author
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