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Tower Seminar- Creating work for young audiences
October 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Presenters: Professor Sarah Moore, Dr Thomas Johnston, Emma Fisher
Chair: Dr Niamh NicGhabhann
This event explores the creative process involved in developing work for young audiences, offering perspectives from literature, theatre and music.
Professor Sarah Moore Fitzgerald is a teacher, researcher and novelist based in the University of Limerick. Chair of the National Forum for the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education, and an academic whose work focuses on effective pedagogy, she is also the author of four novels, including the Waterstones Prize shortlisted The Apple Tart of Hope and The List of Real Things (forthcoming in 2017). Her first novel, Back to Blackbrick has been adapted for the stage and performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in London’s West End. In 2015, she received the Jack Harte award from The Irish Writers’ Centre.
Dr Thomas Johnston is a musician, educator, and researcher whose work lies in those spaces between Irish traditional music, performing arts for children and young audiences, community music, and music education practice and policy. In 2017, he received the Arts Council’s Next Generation Award and the dlr Arts Office Caterpillar Commission. Thomas is the Artistic Director of Ceol Connected whose productions include The Quiet Tree and the Creatures of Whistleberry Forest, The Far Field, and The Wonderful Tune. In addition, Thomas lectures on traditional music and ethnomusicology at the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at DCU.
Emma Fisher is currently pursuing her PhD in Puppetry as part of the department of Drama and Theatre Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Her research explores disability in the context of creativity and communication, engaging with unconventional constructed puppets that reflect the disabled body, exploring where testimony and puppetry can meet, and looks at the history of puppetry to see how it has been applied in ways that transcend oppression and the body. Emma is a puppeteer, set designer and writer. She set up Beyond the Bark, an inclusive puppet and installation theatre in 2007.