It was St Patrick’s Day during the week, and as I happen to have been writing about Ireland for the last few months, I thought I’d share a few photos from my last visit.
But for Covid, I’d be there again in May for a residency and research. Ah, well…
Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!
I spent most of May at one of my favourite places in the world, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, in County Monaghan, Ireland, among an always-changing, always-inspiring household of writers, visual artists, composers, filmmakers, translators, photographers.
This beautiful place, opened in 1981, was the home of renowned theatre director Tyrone Guthrie, who bequeathed it to the Irish State as a retreat for artists. That act of vision and generosity has since touched the lives of thousands of artists who have become Annaghmakerrig residents for a few days or a few weeks.
For me, it was a productive, regenerative time, with quiet days (and often late nights) of work and reflection framed by glorious early-morning walks and warm, convivial evenings.
Here are a few visual highlights…