WEDNESDAY, July 17th at 7pm: Selections from THE NEARBY FAR AWAY
In this exquisitely written personal, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy, author Rebecca Solnit explores the ways we make our lives out of stories, and how we are connected by empathy, by narrative and by imagination.
In the course of unpacking some of her own stories Solnit revisits fairy tales and other stories as she considers life. Her ruminations carry her through tales of Arctic explorers and of Che Guevara’s great motorcycle ides around and through South America in 1951 and 1952; through to the romantic horror of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and more.
Through these and other stories, Solnit consider the lives and works of artists and activists who experienced tremendous growth after witnessing or enduring great pain, and uses fairy tales to examine the idea of self-transformation. In doing so, she weaves these stories, real and fantastical, into a tapestry that charts the territories and extent of storytelling and shows how it allows us to explore, understand and even reframe who we are and how we might tell our own story.
Join Caledonia Skytower in in Ceiliuradh Glen as she reads selections from this remarkable book, live in stream.