It is my belief that myths are boundless and will forever yield fresh wisdom as they encounter the human imagination. We in Ireland possess a rich mythology that is as alive now as it ever was, like the ticking heart often taken for granted but central and connected to the human complexities we share the world over.
I have been inspired by our rich mythology to write a series of retellings of the Irish myths from the perspective of the feminine. Through my empathy and imagination I have tried to meet the light, shadow, creativity and heroism of the mythic women I have chosen. Each retelling is imaginatively recreated while being fundamentally true to the myths themselves. I also include poetry and some fiction where myth lurks as it does in us all. KT
“After all, I believe that legends and myths are largely made of ‘truth’, and indeed present aspects of it that can only be received in this mode; and long ago certain truths and modes of this kind were discovered and must always reappear.” JRR Tolkien.
I have been working and living with Irish Myth for more than twenty years as a writer, a Psychotherapist and a team member of the Bard Summer School which runs in July each year for the past twenty two years on Clare Island Co Mayo, Ireland.
The Bard explores Irish Mythology for its contemporary relevance and wisdom.
Painting by: Kathy Tynan http://www.kevinkavanagh.ie/kathy-tynan/