Born in the North East of Scotland, Ruth is widely seen as a Tradition Bearer, having been lucky enough to ‘sit at the knee’ of the great Scottish storytellers – Sheila Stewart, Stanley Robertson and David Campbell. She has a broad repertoire from Traditional and Traveller sources.
Her strength is in forming an authentic rapport with her audience, respecting the tradition but also bringing her own loving, feisty sparkle.
This makes her a popular guest at Festivals worldwide, from the glaciers of Iceland to the bookshops of India.
Through MoonShadow Stories she pioneered storytelling for adults in Singapore and is creative producer of StoryFest: International Storytelling Festival Singapore.
Pat Speight: Pat has told stories from Cork to Tennessee, Belfast to Montreal, North of England to Sardinia and many places in between. He has told stories to groups of two to 1200. A featured teller at festivals all over Ireland, England, and North America, is a regular visitor to Cape Clear. He was Storyteller-in-Residence to Cork County Council in 2002. He is the MC for the ever popular “Story Swap” event on Saturday afternoon.
Liz Weir: From County Antrim she is the founder of the Yarnspinner community storytelling groups in Ireland (1986). She was Director of the Ulster Storytelling Festival (1989-2008), and the North West International Storytelling Festival in Derry (1993-2000). She is currently the Director of the new Ghosts in the Glens Festival. She has been a member of the Cape Clear International Storytelling festival since its inception. Since 1992, she has travelled the world performing at international storytelling events, from the National Storytelling Festival (Tennessee) to the Australian and Canadian National Storytelling Festivals.
Paddy O’Brien: Born in Co Kerry he is a natural storyteller who has appeared at the Cape Clear Storytelling festival on three occasions including the first festival in 1994. He has also featured regularly at many of the other Irish storytelling festivals such as Slieve Bloom and Courtmacsherry.
Diarmuid O Drisceoil: He grew up in a bi-lingual home, speaking English and Gaelic, and listened to the stories of his wide family network for years. He draws his stories mainly from the Irish tradition but adapts them to suit his surreal sense of humour. He has been a great favourite with audiences as MC at the festival for a number of years and this year we are delighted to have him as a featured teller. Diarmuid is the author of four books, three of which with his brother Donal. The most recent offerings “50 years have flown: A History of Cork Airport”, and “Serving a City: The Story of Cork’s English Market” have been widely acclaimed.
Jack Lynch: Jack has twice been the featured Irish storyteller at the Cape Clear Festival, and has been a regular teller at local arts festivals and at storytelling festivals – Cultra, Omagh, Scealta Shamhna, Slieve Bloom, Sperrins, and Courtmacsherry. He is a founder member of the Dublin Yarnspinners and of Storytellers of Ireland/ Aos Sceal Éireann.