My life partner Ed and I attended our first artist residency – he as a photographer, and I as a poet – in West Cork at a beautiful manor house on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork during early October, 2015. The residency is called Anam Cara and is run by owner and wonderful host Sue Booth-Forbes (www.anamcararetreat.com).
By sharing meals with Sue and the other visiting artists, we felt an immediate sense of community. Ed and I would alternate days of creativity, with photo taking one day; and writing poems the next. At the end of our residency, we headed north and made a deliberate stop in Craughwell, County Galway, where my great grandmother grew up before she left for America. We spent a few days in County Donegal before making our way to Northern Ireland. The two weeks were filled with inspiration, community, beauty, and education. We long for the day we will return.
We even collaborated on this Photo Essay that appeared on the Irish Fireside Facebook Page. http://irishfireside.com/2015/11/02/finding-our-creative-centers-in-ireland/