Samhain term

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Saturday 12 January
Scottish Gaelic Poetry seminar

Poetry is a fascinating and beautiful way in to language and culture.  In this half-day seminar, we will read and discuss a selection of Scottish Gaelic poems and songs in Gaelic with English translations.  No knowledge of Gaelic is required:  Gaelic-speakers, learners, and those with no Gaelic will  all have the opportunity to enjoy the sound and meaning of the poems, and explore their expressions of Gaelic culture.
10.00am-11.15am – traditional Gaelic poetry and songs
11.30am-1.00pm – contemporary Gaelic poetry and songs
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
$50 ($35 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet and morning tea included
Scottish Gaelic Poetry registration form

Sunday 13 January
Who were the Celts? study day

A day-long introduction to the culture of the Celts, focussing on bronze-age, iron-age and early medieval language, art and archaeology.  We explore questions of identity, location and time period.  We investigate archaeological sites for what they can tell us about Celtic culture.  By looking at artefacts we identify the distinctive art styles associated with the Celts.
11.30am-1.30pm – chronology, geography and lifestyle
2.30pm-4.00pm – archaeological sites
4.30pm-6.00pm – art and artefacts
Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street Weston
$95 ($65 student/unwaged)
Booklet, lunch and afternoon tea included
Who were the Celts Canberra registration form

Saturday 19 January
Celtic illuminated Manuscripts study day

Spend a day looking at early medieval Celtic illuminated manuscripts from the modest Book of Mulling to the extravagant Book of Kells.  Our list will include Scotland’s only securely identified example, the Book of Deer, together with better- and lesser-known examples from various parts of Great Britain and Ireland. We will discuss the manuscripts’ makers, their background and decoration. We will enjoy close examination of photographs of details from manuscripts across space and time.
10.00am-11.30am – the earliest Celtic illuminated manuscripts
11.45am-1.00pm – pocket gospels, psalters and other manuscripts
2.00pm-3.30pm – the illuminated Gospel Books
3.45pm-5.00pm – details and common threads
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
Booklet, morning and afternoon teas included
Celtic Illuminated Manuscripts registration form