Reading Rooms – ‘The Fairy Goose’ by Liam O’Flaherty 

The story tells of village life in the West of Ireland in the 1920s where an old woman raises an unusual gosling who ‘[makes] no effort to become a goose’. Growing fond of the animal, she comes to see it as a benign fairy, a belief the other villagers soon embrace, and over time the woman and her goose become known for their supernatural, pagan powers. People arrive from far and wide, receiving their guidance and swearing by it. Before long, however, the church hears about this and interferes. The woman and goose become ostracized by their community. Life in the village loses its peace and harmony once and for all. The story was selected for its themes of superstition, paganism and religion, women’s traditional roles in the West of Ireland, hero worship and mob dynamics.  

Verbal’s Reading Rooms programme uses the power of storytelling to help people create new connections, express their feelings and learn more about the feelings of the people around them. Prepare to have a laugh and make new friendships by reading great stories together from around the world.

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Organiser Bio: The Verbal Arts Centre is based in Derry~Londonderry and is a centre for the development of the verbal arts and literacy. It aims to promote the written and spoken word and is also involved in research and the publication and provision of information, including material for schools.

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