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David and Stephen Flynn

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When you speak to Manchán you feel that magic is real!

Episode 97 – Manchán Magan

Manchán Magan is a writer and documentary-maker. He writes for The Irish Times on culture & travel, presents the RTÉ podcast The Almanac of Ireland, and is author of the award-winning, best-selling Thirty-Two Words For Field, and Tree Dogs, Banshees Fingers and other Irish Words for Nature. He has made dozens of documentaries on issues of world culture for TG4, RTÉ  & Travel Channel. 

His recently published book, Listen to the Land Speak, was the main topic of our conversation, although we found ourselves diving into all sorts of weird and wonderful topics, from magic, the lost female voice to philosophy and how language is shaped by the land.

A true Irish gem, Manchán lives in an oak wood, with bees and hens, in a grass-roofed house near Lough Lene, Co Westmeath.

We hope you enjoyed this episode as much as we did, it is always a pleasure when we can do them in person.

Lots of Love,

Dave & Steve x

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To find out more about Manchán and his work visit: www.manchan.com

This episode was sponsored by wolfgangreforest.ie – how about going GREEN this Christmas by giving the gift of a tree instead of possessions people probably don’t need! With Wolfgang re-forest.

Produced by Sean Cahill and Sara Fawsitt