Focail na mBan Performance: Alice Maher, Arisleyda Dilone, Bláithín de Burca, Breege Fahy, Em Atropa, Chloe Austin, Emma Brennan, Ellen K Cahill & Manchán Magan
the fumbally café
The Fumbally are presenting two nights of performances to mark the publication of Manchán Magan’s book Focail na mBan: Women’s Words – a collection of Irish words for vaginas, vulvas, clitorises, and periods.
On Friday Nov 24th we will open up the floor to a soapbox of diversity in the form of female expression. With Manchán Magan as your host, Alice Maher, Arisleyda Dilone (video piece), Blaithín de Burca, Breege Fahy, Chloe Austin, Emma Brennan & Ellen K Cahill & Em Atropa will respond to the literal title of Focail na mBan: Women’s Words. A group of artists with incredibly diverse creative backgrounds, you can expect a curated mixed bag of delights here.
Focail na mBan/ Women’s Words is a book by Manchán Magan, a gathering of Irish words for vaginas, vulvas, clitorises, and periods with Illustrations from 29 artists. It Is meant as a catalyst for those willing to seek out further terms and Insights from older lore-keepers in the Gaeltacht. In no way is it a comprehensive collection of such words, but rather a humble first step; a gesture of encouragement for others who may wish to dive deeper into this rich realm of linguistic insight.
The artists who responded to the words are: Sandra Adams, Emily Robyn Archer, Chloe Austin, Aideen Barry, Aurélie Beatley, Emma Brennan, Eabha Cleary, Rachel-Marie Cleary, Amanda Coogan, Serena Viola Corson, Dorothy Cross, Arisleyda Dilone, Millie Egan, Bebhinn Eilish, Rachel Fallon, Ursula Foley, Sharon Greene, Lisa Harris, Joya Hatchett, Hammond Journeaux, Toma McCullim, Yvonne McGuinness, Eimear McGuire, Dee Mulrooney, Emily Ann Ní Dhriscoll De Marco, Kiki na Art/Ciarna Pham, Aisling Rogerson, Maria Simonds-Gooding and Carmel Winters. The book also features articles by poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin and writer Tadhg Mac Eoghain, and some poetry by Dairena Ní Chinneide.
The exhibition of Focail na mBan in The Fumbally Stables will be open and available to view for 1 hour at the beginning of this night of performance.
Focail na mBan, the book, will be available at a reduced price on the night, throughout the exhibition (23rd-26th Nov) and at the launch night (23rd).