Please find attached information – plus flyer – for the Guild’s next Monthly Meeting event on 2nd February 2017 which we hope you will circulate to members and interested parties.
‘Memory Land-guage and Sovereignty. In the smithy of the imagination with Brigid and James Joyce at Imbolc’
Venue: Essex Church 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8 4RT
Thursday 2nd February 2017 7.30pm
February 2nd is the Celtic festival of Imbolc, rebirth of spring in the maiden form of Brigid, midwife of new life in the cycle of the year, synchronous with Candlemass, and many end of winter festivals. Known in Celtic myth and history as goddess and saint, she is attributed with the fire if inspiration, blacksmithing, a patroness of farming and beer, and a protectress embodying women’s spiritual wisdom and sovereignty. She is rooted in nature, associated with the dawn, the daily birth of the sun. Her memory comes alive in wells, stones, rivers, dreams, stories.
Imbolc is also the birthday of James Joyce, who created a new form of storytelling. In Ulysses we are lost for 24 hours in intimate and mythic sketches, inner and outer dialogues of Dublin folk. In Finnegans Wake, he conceives a dream language, the dream of Finn MacCool, dead and revived by the water of life Anna Livia the River Liffey. With a monkish scholarship of history, literature, philosophy and myth, he weaves chaos and cosmos, cycles of death and renewal, inner and outer. In our deepening chaos, and fragmentation, are this visionary pair alive, vitalizin, speaking to our need for cultural renewal, challenging the nationalistic version of Sovereignty? Are they playing a part in re-forging an ecological consciousness of home, of memory in the mythopoetic landscape?
Nuala Flynn is a depth psychologist and artist. She has worked for 15 years with Irish survivors of institutional abuse. She is a ReVision trained psychotherapist, MA Imaginal Studies, a Marion Woodman Foundation Bodysoul Leader, an Embodied Imagination therapist in training with Robert Bosnak. She practices in East London and offers therapy, dreamwork, supervision and Social Dreaming Matrix hosting.
Entry Fee: (includes a glass of wine after the talk)
£15.00 standard fee
£9.00 student concession
£10.00 per head for groups of five or more
FREE ENTRY FOR GUILD MEMBERS