Irish Poetry and the Mythic Imagination

Dr. Colette Kavanagh discusses the rich imagination and depths of the Irish psyche.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2013, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Institute of World Culture, 1407 Chapala St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: 18+

Categories: Poetry


Dr. Colette Kavanagh invites you to share her love for Irish poetry stemming from the rich imagination and depths of the Irish psyche. Motifs and symbols deeply rooted in Irish culture will be explained and illustrations from Irish poetry read aloud. In early Irish society, the "ollamh" (chief poet) had a sttus equal to that of the king. Even today, Ireland honors her major poets and writers like Americans rever film or baseball stars. Despite the small population of six million inhabitants, Ireland has produced many of the greatest literary giants using the English language – James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift, W.B. Yeats, C.S. Lewis, Seamus Heaney and even Bram Stoker who wrote Dracula. Born and reared in Ireland, Dr. Kavanagh worked for several years with Irish television and traveled the world making film documentary programs about people and their cultures. In 1996, she came to Santa Barbara where she completed her doctorate in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Donations are always welcome.

Phone: 805-967-1055

Event posted Feb. 25, 2013
Last updated Feb. 25, 2013


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