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Traditional storyteller Ruth Marshall visits Cloughjordan

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Traditional storyteller Ruth Marshall visits Cloughjordan

Have you ever wondered why you should never disturb a Clare woman at her knitting? Or how wise woman Biddy Early came by her magic blue bottle, and the good she did with it? Did you know about the three handed smith of the Tuatha De Danaan who lived on the Burren? Or why you should always raise your hat to a weasel? The answers are in Ruth Marshall's new book, Clare Folk Tales.

Ruth Marshall is a storyteller, poet and author living in East Clare. Her previous book, Celebrating Irish Festivals (Hawthorn Press, 2003), is a hands-on guide to seasonal festivals, with stories, crafts, recipes and folklore to help enrich family life.

Ruth studied archaeology at Glasgow University in the 1970s. She worked as a folklore collector in the Scottish Highlands, before moving to Clare in 1986. She has been a puppeteer, magazine editor, creative writing tutor, director of training courses for Steiner teachers, and is a life coach and workshop facilitator.
She has told stories in schools, libraries and at festivals around the county and beyond, and performed at Spirit of Folk in 2011 and 2012. She is available for storytelling sessions, workshops and courses.

On Saturday, 13 July, Ruth will be storytelling at two different events. At noon, she will be at The Makery on Main Street with storytelling and crafts for children. At 7.30pm, she will be launching Clare Folk Tales at Sheelagh na Gig bookshop and recounting tales from Clare and elsewhere. These events are free.

For more information, contact Sheelagh na Gig bookshop on 0505 42123.

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