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The Book of Invasions, Nathan O'Donnell
The Book of Invasions, Nathan O'Donnell
The Book of Invasions, Nathan O'Donnell
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The Book of Invasions, Nathan O'Donnell

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Over the summer of 2021, writer and artist Nathan O'Donnell spent several weeks on the Tipperary shoreline of Lough Derg, exploring its history, ecology, and topography and gathering stories about swimming on the lake.

The Book of Invasions is a record of this process, devised in consultation with local respondents including a number of swimmers who gave interviews about their experience on the lake. Compiled by O’Donnell and designed by Clare Bell, The Book of Invasions combines elements of the personal essay with transcripts of interviews and archival sources, serving as a repository of place-names, memories, customs, and daily rituals on the edges of this body of water.

This publication is the outcome of a River Residency, awarded by Ormston House. The River Residencies were co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Invitation to Collaboration scheme, led by Limerick Arts Office in partnership with the Arts Offices in Cavan, Clare and Tipperary. The River Residencies were curated by Caimin Walsh and Mary Conlon at Ormston House, as part of the Museum of Mythological Water Beasts (2017–ongoing) about, along, and on the River Shannon.

Published by Ormston House
56 pages
145 × 210 mm
ISBN 9781739103224




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