I’m happy to give lectures, book-talks, and discussions on any of the topics posted here…and more…at Celtic festivals, bookstores, book groups, and libraries within the Great Lakes States. For more information, email me at email@example.com.
Some of my past appearances have included:
- March 11, 2015 7:00 pm Pulling Strings: The History of the Gaelic Harp, Loutit District Library, Grand Haven, Michigan
- May 18, 2015 7:00 pm Nobles of the Wood: Trees of the Celts, Kalamazoo Irish American Club, Theo & Stacy’s Restaurant, Portage, Michigan.
- September 2, 2015 12:00 pm Pulling Strings: The History of the Gaelic Harp, Counterpart Luncheon, Spring Lake, Michigan. To make reservations, please visit mycounterpart.wordpress.com
- September 19, 2015 12:45 pm Pulling Strings: The History of the Gaelic Harp, Muskegon Irish Music Festival, Cultural Stage.
- September 20, 2015 2:45 pm Law and Order: A Look at Early Irish Law, Muskegon Irish Music Festival, Cultural Stage
Pulling Strings: The History of the Gaelic Harp
Most people recognize the harp as the national emblem of Ireland, but did you know that the familiar triangular-framed harp did not originate in Ireland? In this PowerPoint presentation, featuring samples from the tradition’s finest harpists, Kerry Ross examines the history and development of the instrument and explores what makes the Gaelic harp unique.
Law and Order: A Look at Early Irish Law
Ireland boasts the oldest surviving codified law system in Europe. Join Celtic scholar Kerry Ross for a look at the brehon laws, which governed Irish civilization from the arrival of the Gaels in Ireland (700 BC) until the English Penal Laws were enacted in 1695.
Take off Your Brat and Stay Awhile: Fashion in Ireland’s Golden Age
In this PowerPoint presentation, Celtic scholar Kerry Ross takes a peek at the wardrobe of Ireland’s Golden Age (100-800 AD), along with the laws governing the wearing of certain colors and the dye stuffs that were used to produce those colors.
Ogam: The Gaelic Alphabet
Up until the fourth century AD, the Irish relied on oral traditions to pass on wisdom from one generation to the next. It was around this time that ogam was developed as a mystical means of communication. In this PowerPoint presentation, Celtic scholar Kerry Ross delves into the archaeological and literary evidence, along with some fun with modern-day interpretations of this ancient writing system.
Are We There Yet?: Irish Kingdoms in Scotland and Wales
Moving across the country is a challenge for the modern parent, but can you imagine relocating your family across the sea in an ox-hide boat? Due to political struggles, the Dál Riata of Ulster and the Déisi of Munster did just that. Join Celtic scholar Kerry Ross as she relates the stories of these Irish tribes who established Gaelic society in Scotland and Wales.
The Mantle of Brigit: The Status of Women in Gaelic Society
From early times, Irish women enjoyed significant freedom and power, unlike their contemporaries elsewhere in Europe. In this PowerPoint presentation, Celtic scholar Kerry Ross takes a look at early Irish law, along with the literary traditions which portray ancient Irish women as aggressive equals to their male counterparts.
Nobles of the Wood: Trees of the Celts
The ancient Celtic peoples of Ireland and Britain possessed a vast understanding of the natural world. To them, trees were sacred for their cultural, economic, and medicinal values – so much so that laws were enacted to protect them. In this PowerPoint presentation, Kerry Ross explores the symbolism and folklore surrounding the most revered trees of Ireland and Britain – many of which are right in our own backyards.
The Lion, the Harp, and the Dragon