Solstice Stories feature creative collaborations between established and emerging writers along with a visual artist, presented in the form of a high-quality book and accompanying audio-visual experience. This innovative series will showcase the work of contemporary writers and artists, at least one of whom is from a background traditionally underrepresented in Irish literature and the arts. It seeks to stimulate conversations and inspire hope by reconnecting us with our imaginations and bringing people and communities together, particularly following this time of increased distance and isolation. The series provides a unique developmental space to foster collaboration of this nature, with creativity and inclusiveness at its heart.

Solstice Stories is designed to be a celebration of the small, the brilliant, and the beautiful. Skein Press will publish two of these bespoke books each year to mark the transformation, within and without, occurring on the solstice/equinox dates each year.

Waking Light

For publication on June 21st 2022

Our first book in Solstice Stories is by writers Mícheál McCann and Kerri ní Dochartaigh in collaboration with photographer Michelle Moloney. Through poetry, imagery and lyric fragments, Waking Light seeks to honour the small things, the seeds of beginnings and endings, and the search for places where we find ourselves and each other. Recognising that events like the solstice and other transformative natural cycles both ground and elevate us, Waking Light is a hymn that sings of the shift in the light – the constant source of life – amidst the backdrop of a rapidly changing world. Filled with hope and elegy, these evocative reflections offer a measure of grace, solace and renewal. This limited edition of 300 beautiful accordion books is designed and handmade by artist and bookbinder Éilís Murphy of Folded Leaf.

Waking Light is now available to purchase through our shop.

Weave 

For publication on November 2nd 2022 

The second book in Solstice Stories, Weave, is a collaboration between writers Deirdre Sullivan and Oein DeBhairduin, artist Yingge Xu and bookmaker Éilís Murphy of Folded Leaf. Weave illuminates the myriad ways in which we appreciate and carve out connection with each other and the natural cadences that hum around and within us. Encompassing eight original stories linked to important dates in the traditional wheel of the year, this book weaves older threads into contemporary spaces, inviting us to celebrate both the big feasts and the everyday wonders. Accompanied by rituals, recipes and tinctures, Weave offers a unique immersion into the rites and rhythms of honouring an authentic embrace of the world.  

Skein Press is grateful for the support of our partner organisations in making the Solstice Stories series possible including the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Museum of Literature Ireland, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre and Holy Show.