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Oein DeBhairduin, co-founder of LGBT+ TARA, and Leanne McDonagh, guest presenters

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus

As a follow-on to UCHI’s UConn Reads panel on Irish Travellers (April 2021), Oein DeBhairduin, multi-award-winning Irish Traveller activist, scholar, and co-founder of LGBT+ Tara (Traveller and Roma Alliance) will discuss Why the Moon Travels (Skein, 2020), his retelling of Irish Traveller oral lore illustrated by Traveller artist Leanne McDonagh. This is the first book of Traveller folktales by a member of that indigenous and historically non-literature and nomadic Irish minority.

Why the moon travel's is a haunting collection of 20 tales rooted in the oral tradition of the Irish Traveller community. Brave vixens, prophetic owls and stalwart horses live alongside the human characters as guides, protectors, friends and foes while spirits, giants, and fairies blur the lines between this world and the otherworld. Collected by Oein DeBhairduin throughout his childhood and retold in his lyrical style.

In a public event open to all, DeBhairduin and McDonagh will speak to Mary Burke’s Honors Short Story online class about the opportunities and challenges of gathering and illustrating the oral tales. Contact for WebEx link and accommodations. Sponsored by Irish Studies/English Department.

Tuesday, October 26, 2:00-3:00pm on WebEx

Mary Burke

Professor & Director, Honors (English) &Director, Irish Literature Concentration, UConn


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