Traditional Irish Storyteller Comes to Marywood

Published on Mon, October 01, 2012

Batt Burns, a "seanchai," or Irish storyteller, will be performing on Tuesday, October 2, at 7 p.m., in the Comerford Theater, Science Building. At 6:30 p.m., students who participated in a recent study abroad trip across Ireland with two faculty members will also host a panel discussion about their experiences.

Lindsey Wotanis, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department, along with Laurie McMillian, Ph.D., associate professor, who chairs the English Department, met Burns this summer while in Ireland.

"We had the pleasure of working with Burns last summer," said Dr. Wotanis. "The students loved him, and we thought he was great, too. That prompted us to see if he would be interested in performing at the university."

Burns engages audiences with accounts of Irish folklore, witty jokes, and evocative poetry. Before becoming a full-time storyteller, Burns was an elementary school principal in Sneem, Ireland.