Once, I enjoyed spinning oral tales. However, Covid19 came upon us, it caused disruption and my world became silent. Other than Zoom there were no opportunities to tell stories. I live in a rural community and I found myself alone. It was at this time I found another outlet - comics. I always liked comics but life had got in the way. When I was a child comics were not considered an appropriate career especially for a girl.
Anyway, when the curtain drew back and we could resume life I became sick, Moreover, the days lay long and endless and work was very scarce.
The moment of stepping onto a new pathway came when I decided to break the aloneness and monotony by joining a weekend comic retreat. In a space of a breath on the Saturday morning I was hooked. Now I was going to create my first comic.
It has to be said that although I fully stepped onto the comic path during Covid19, it was not my first venture into comics. Several years earlier when I was at NUI Maynooth studying Digital Arts in the Humanities, my digital artefact was a comic. My thesis explored storytelling - digital and Celtic oral storytelling.
It was during Covid19 that all the strands came together. My Celtic DNA and heritage has always cherished our stories. I am interested in what the wisdoms of yesteryear have to offer us in today’s world.
Don't ask whether a story is true but what wisdom can be discovered within.
Stories breathe life into our soul. Storytelling is so ancient and we as humankind are wired for stories. I began to see the power in a story to transform and rebuild lives. That was the moment I decided that I wanted to share my wisdom and pass it on. I believe deeply in the power of stories to empower, build communities and create hope. Comics are basically fun.