Creative Wordshops June 2017 Writing Newsletter

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Dear writer, storyteller, reader, traveller, lover of words, images, silences…

Tír fo Thuinn (Land under the Wave) In Irish mythology and folklore, Tír fo Thuinn is one of the names for the Otherworld. A supernatural realm of everlasting youth, beauty, health, abundance and joy. The gods of pre-Christian Ireland inhabit it. Irish mythical heroes enter it by through ancient burial mounds or caves that lead to this underwater world.

Novelists have been intrigued by such a world. Here are two Victorian takes on it: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas: An Underwater Tour of the World is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne 1870. In The Water-Babies, Charles Kingsley. Tom, a chimney sweep who falls into a river is transformed into a water-baby . The major spiritual leaders in this underwaterworld are the fairies Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby and Mrs. Bedonebyasyoudid. Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith c. 1916. What of Plato’s Atlantis myth?

The founders of Atlantis were half god and half human. They created a utopian civilization made up of concentric islands separated by wide moats and linked by a canal. The lush islands contained gold, silver, and other precious metals and supported an abundance of rare, exotic wildlife. Atlantis fell from grace submerged in the sea.

June 2017 letter