Our talk and debate woodland which made its debut last summer has had a bit of a make-over and been re-birthed as The Ballymully Centre for Logic, Reason ‘n’ Rhyme.
The overall theme this year is environmental. Highlighting everything from the wonders of nature and how to build resilience and better health through Green Prescription to understanding our role in developing systems to preserve this beautiful planet for all.
Curated by Diane Greer, the area has been designed and programmed to raise awareness and explore and discuss topical issues in a spirit of respect for all.
Some topics will be discussed and debated using a long-table format. This model encourages those involved to speak and share respectfully. This ensures that conversations travel further. We call it Ballymully Assembly and it will be open for business throughout the festival.
TOPICS IN THIS AREA INCLUDE:
Deep Ecology – Exploring Health and Well-Being for People and Planet – Speakers: Dr. Aine Abbot and Kathryn McCabe
Eco-Psychology – Exploring Nature and Mental Vitality – Art Chat with Art Therapist Eithne G. Feller.
Phil Taggart – A Slackers Guide to the Music Industry book Panel. Phil will be in conversation with Michael Mac Cu Uladh .
Stone Soup – The story and making of Stone Soup with Joanne Lindsay Butler, founder of OURganic Gardens and the Monty Donna of Donegal. A story about nature, food, compassion and community
Northern Ireland Bat Group – Karen Healy and some little flying furry friends!
Earth Law – Building a Movement for the Rights of Nature. Speakers: Richard Macrory, Barrister and
Emeritus Professsor of Environmental Law, UCL, London. James Orr – Director Friends of the Earth, Vincent
Lusby – Natures Keeper *Chaired by Eamonn McCann
Mothers’ Out Front – Sole Purpose Productions – How far would you go to save the planet? Extracts from the play Mothers Out Front followed by Long Table conversation hosted by the writer Edie Shillue and Artistic Director Pat Byrne.
Joe Mahon – People and Place. The host of Lesser Spotted Ulster and Ulster Giants in conversation with Eamonn McCann
Listen to Mother – Young People and Climate Emergency – Conal O’Boyle and Emma Farren – 16 year- old climate activists.