I tell Irish, Spanish, Basque and world legends and folk tales in schools and other venues in Ireland and anywhere they’ll have me around the world, especially Spain, the Basque Country and the USA.
I was a featured teller at the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Festival, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2008, and at the Los Angeles fest in 2009. I go to Spain at least once a year to tell in English, mostly to students of English in Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas (official language schools) — I’ve been to over 50 so far, some more than once.
How is a bardic storyteller different from any other kind? When Odds Bodkin and I shared a stage as featured tellers at the 2008 Lehigh Valley Festival, I fortunately was on before him. He is dynamic, powerful, high energy. I’m low-key and matter-of-fact. That evening I did a 45-minute set of Fionn mac Cumhaill stories. As Odds took the stage, he commented positively on my “bardic storytelling”. I liked the sound of that, which I took to mean my emphasis on the really old legends that were regarded as largely factual when they were first told hundreds of years ago. So I adopted that description.
Au Pair in Ireland (non-fiction), 1996; second edition 2004 (ebook)
The Legends and Lands of Ireland (traditional stories), 2004
Tales of the Wicklow Hills (non-fiction), 2007
English Like It Is: Right, Wrong and Changing Usage (non-fiction), ebook 2009, updated 2014
Utmost Magpie (fiction), ebook 2009
These Things Happen (inspirational radio and magazine articles), ebook 2010
Spanish and Basque Legends (traditional stories), 2010
The Key Bearer Saga, ebooks: Earn Fire (2011) and The Shore of Two Worlds (2012) are the first two volumes of the trilogy.
Irish King and Hero Tales (traditional stories), 2011
(German edition Irische Königs- und Heldensagen 2014)
The Secrets of Storytelling (translator) – (Los Secretos del Cuentacuentos by Beatriz Montero), 2012
Once a Hero (novel in the form of a screenplay), 2012
A Blirt to the End and Other Stories (ebook, 13 short stories), 2012
Over the Wall to the Trinity Ball and other poems (ebook, 34 poems), 2012
Saints and Gore and Fairy Lore – Irish and Basque myth and legend
The Tower of Breogán and Other Tales from Ireland and Spain