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Michael Harding to launch unique book in Allihies

September 5th, 2015 8:15 AM

By Southern Star Team

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AUTHOR and actor Michael Harding will be in Beara in September to launch Into the Light, a unique book created by artist and writer Corina Duyn.

Into the Light is an Artist Book-in-a-wooden-box. Each loose sheet has a short reflection on life with chronic illness/disability, although its wisdoms are also applicable to many of life’s challenges.

Fear, hope, acceptance, society’s attitudes, the power of creativity and moments of gratitude, are all explored. Supported by quotes from a great variety of authors, each sheet is illustrated with Corina’s stunning nature photographs and her imaginative art.

The project has received much praise, and funding from the Rehab Visual and Performing Arts Fund.

The first book launch will be on Sunday September 6th at 3pm, at the Care Centre at Dzogchen Beara in Allihies.

Guest speaker is Michael Harding, author of the multi award-winning book Staring at Lakes, and his more recent publication Hanging with the Elephant.

All are welcome to the launch, and Dechen Shying is fully wheelchair accessible.

Corina has stayed at the Care Centre several times during the past year. She found it to be a place to rest, to rejuvenate, to talk, to learn, to mediate … and to create Into the Light.

Corina Duyn studied and worked as a palliative care nurse and as care worker in her native Holland. It was after moving to Ireland in 1990 that her creative life took off. Her Fantasy Folk Artist Dolls are in private and corporate collections in Ireland, Europe and USA.

From 1998 she unintentionally embarked on a new creative journey, mapping her experiences of living with the chronic illness ME. She attended a year of Disability Studies at UCC in 2012/13. This course greatly influenced her focus in life and art, and was the start of the Into the Light project.

She manages her illness by doing everything 20 minutes at a time. Including the writing of Into the Light, and the creation of her sculptures. For more, see DzogchenBeara or CorinaDuyn on Facebook.

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