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Art, Love, God: The Tragedy of Líadan and Cuirithir | S3 Ep2
Episode 28th February 2023 • KnotWork Storytelling • Marisa Goudy
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Our Story

Líadain and Cuirithir’s romance is the stuff of medieval tragedy. Two bards fall in love, but Líadain makes a choice that alters their shared fate. They end up at a monastic order, forever bound in chaste conversation--until the night they break their vows.

Sinead O’Connor was Marisa’s muse for this tale from 700-800 BCE that highlights that it has always been hard to balance career, love, and calling.

Main source for this story: Notre Dame Medieval Studies Department

Our Guest

Bethany Hegedus’ children’s picture books include the award-winning Grandfather Gandhi and Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, both co-written with Arun Gandhi, as well as Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People: Dr. Maya Angelou and Hard Work But It’s Worth It: The Life of Jimmy Carter. Her books have been included in numerous “best of” lists such as A Mighty Girl’s Best Books and Kirkus’ Best Books of the Year. A former educator, Bethany is an in-demand keynote speaker, workshop leader, and mentor who speaks and teaches across the country about writing, creativity, resilience, and privilege. She is the Founder and Creative Director of The Writing Barn, a writing retreat and workshop space in Austin, Texas. She is also the host of the popular Courage to Create podcast.   

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Our Music

Music at the start of the show is by Beth Sweeney and Billy Hardy, a Celtic Fiddle and multi-instrumental duo based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The traditional Irish reel we play at the start of the show is called "The College Groves."

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