Bethany Dawson

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Go to the Bee

From ancient Brehon laws to modern research on swarming, how I am becoming a more instinctive beekeeper.

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An Bhanna

A journey from the Barmouth to the source of the River Bann as we navigate ancient mythology and the possibility of change ahead.

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Upstream

An invitation to subscribe to ‘Upstream,’ a collection of essays that map the landscape as I see it.

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Eloquent of the Coming Change

The festival of Imbolc and how ancient Celtic wisdom invites us to create ritual to navigate thresholds.

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Let’s Talk Turkey

The stories that have inspired us to raise our own turkeys on our smallholding in County Down.

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On Behalf of the Good Dark

A gathering of women to celebrate the winter solstice.

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Reflections of a Swineherd

The roller coaster of raising, slaughtering and butchering pigs at home.

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A Monthly Midnight

When navigating a period of transition, a wise friend encouraged me to create ritual. Sitting beneath a full moon with poetry is where I began. Staring moon-struck into the sky is nothing new. I have volumes of poetry written by fellow lunar lovers. It is not really about the moon, it is about the space […]

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In Search of Fox

This piece was featured in Issue Eight of Freckle Magazine, an independently published magazine celebrating the people and landscapes of Northern Ireland and beyond. When the moon is full and the children asleep, I wander the fields in search of fox. There is a family tunnelled beneath an Ash tree; we have hair fragments and […]

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The Hinge of the Year

This year we have known eviction and generous hospitality; grief and deep joy; the bottom of the barrel and the flight path of an owl. As I gathered the material for another moon ritual, it was like having a conversation with elders who have travelled these paths before. I am a little less intimidated by […]

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