It’s been a very interesting week, I’ve attended a few different training courses and lectures. I was going to write an in-depth account about each one but I’ll just give you the bones and if you are interested you can find out more by clicking the links.
Yesterday I went to the IT Sligo for a talk by Dr. Larry K. Brendtro about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the Resilient Brain. This was fascinating, Dr. Larry is a really inspirational man and it answered quite a lot of questions for me.
I have written pages of notes but you’d really have had to have been at the lecture for it to make sense. The handouts from the day are online so if this is something you like to read more about you can do so here – the link is only going to be there for the next 30 days but you can download the pdf.
Earlier in the week I headed to The Spool Factory in Boyle for the Creating Creative Tourism Experiences. The day started off with me chasing women around a petrol station, quickly followed by me chasing cars – and no I’m not a member of Snow Patrol! I was looking for Oonagh and Orla who I was going with and I wasn’t sure what car I was looking for. I found them in the end and I didn’t get arrested so it was all good.
This was a really interesting event and one I’d like to know more about. The speakers included Lorna Watkins who was telling us about her studio near the sea and the inspiration behind her art. Gerry Brannigan told us about his surf school in Achill which is run from a double decker bus. Michael from Mimar Midea told us about telling your story with video. The event was run by ‘My Creative Edge‘ which is free to join so if you are in the creative sector is well worth joining. It’s also a great site to discover creativity from Europe’s Northern Edge.
Today I went to an event organised by Sligo County Libraries: The Art of Collecting and Recording Stories in the Community. This is another subject that I am very interested in. During the course of my work I get to spend time with older people and I find their stories fascinating. I’d love to be able to document some of them and give these people a voice. In many of the events I go along to it is the people themselves who are the story. We have so many characters in rural Ireland that I’d love to be able to tell their stories to the world and document them for future generations.
So that was my week of learning, plenty of food for thought and of course a million new ideas to think about. Who knows maybe some of these might lead to something.