Inishbofin Tidings – Storytelling Festival 2022

Welcome to Inishbofin Tidings – Storytelling Festival 9-11 September 2022! Please find the full program below and dive into storytelling through art, film, creative writing, poetry, music, artifacts as well as food and drink. Click the link for individual event tickets or buy a weekend ticket for the last shows of each day through this link.


Friday 9th September

8 pm : Stories Untold exhibition opening & book launch
A book and exhibition launch on the stories of items found on the beaches of Inishbofin by Veronika Straberger and Marie Coyne. *free*

9 – 10.30 pm : Desecration Film Screening & Talk
Join our host actor John O’Dowd and some special guests in the screening of ‘Desecration’, a film shot on Inishbofin starring some local talent. Refreshments available. Tickets €15 / €8.

Saturday 10th September

10 am – 4 pm Island Visions workshop for young explorers
A creative journey for young explorers led by storyteller, performer and facilitator Orla McGovern. Young people and islands – what is the future? Participants get to explore this future through discussion, art, storytelling and audio. The outcomes will be produced to an audio piece / short film by the facilitators to be shared in an exhibition. For participants aged 12-18. Includes a lunch break. *free*

11am – 12.30 pm : Sea What I Say poetry walk inspired by the sea
A walking workshop for both absolute beginners and more seasoned travelers in the world of poetry hosted by writer, facilitator Yvonne Cullen. All ages welcome. Tickets 15€ / 8€.

1.30 – 2.30 pm : Ceol na Sióg storytelling and music event for children
An afternoon in the beauty and wonder of the natural world featuring Gaelic songs written by Gráinne Holland. Welcome to the magical world of the mysterious owl, the singing sound of the river, the clacking and chattering crows, the fluttering bees and butterflies – all friends of the fairies you might see riding on the back of a seagull as it flies over the sea. Tickets €8.

3.30 – 4.30 pm : Myths & Legends of Inishbofin storytelling session
Grab some tea, take a seat around an imaginary fire and join local historian, tour guide and storyteller Tommy Burke for an afternoon of myths and legends of Inishbofin. Tickets €15 / €8.

5 – 7 pm : Literary Libation gin tasting journey
A journey to the world of gin inspired by the nature and wild herbs of Inishbofin. Participants get to forage and create their own gins, and their gin stories. Tickets €25.

9 – 10 pm : Wild Women & Witches storytelling & music event
Órla McGovern, Niceol Blue and Catherine Brophy bring us tales and songs of the Witch and the Wild Woman – whether she be the strange girl in the forest, the exotic temptress, or perhaps the lady next door who has long held on to her strange secrets. Tickets €20.

Sunday 11th September

11 am – 12.30 pm : Come to the Show! storytelling walk & performance
Walk back in time along the low road into the days of Inishbofin’s traveling shows where you can be both the audience and contributor. Come to this family friendly event dressed up in 1950s clothes for a chance to win spot prices in the show! Hosted by Yvonne Cullen. *free*

12.15 – 1.30 pm : Reading Tealeaves creative writing workshop
What do the tealeaves tell you? Let artist Veronika Straberger guide you to explore creative writing in this workshop for all ages. Tickets €15 / €8.

12.15 – 1.30 : Discovering Hidden Tales workshop on stories from ancient artifacts
A family-friendly workshop for everyone who wishes to experience the work of anthropologists see what ancient artifacts can tell us. Workshop facilitated by Dr. Ryan Lash (University College Dublin, Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture). Tickets €15 / €8.

2 – 4 pm : Stories through Song sean-nós concert
A concert of stories through songs at St. Colman’s Church. We are delighted to have three beautiful singers and souls sharing songs that are meaningful for them – our very own Ann Prendergast, Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin from Carna, Connemara, and Dublin-based singer and songwriter Inni-K who has recently published her third studio album ‘Iníon’. Tickets €25.

All weekend

Food Stories – enjoy the daily specials and read the stories behind them in the island restaurants and cafes.

My Dream Island – take part in our time capsule project by writing a message inspired by an island place you love to Inishbofin residents and visitors 100 years from now!