Bethany Dawson

Author // Writer // Editor

If I was welcoming you to my home, I would set the kettle on the AGA and give you a tour of our smallholding. I would show you the table around which I gather with aspiring writers every season as part of my Still Point retreats. We could settle in my office replete with outrageous 1970s carpets or take a walk through the fields where the willows weep over the river. In lieu of a coffee, I’ll tell you a bit about me and if you have a proposal or collaboration to discuss, I’d love to hear from you.

I am a published author of literary fiction with a background in newspaper editing and extensive copywriting experience. My skill set is eclectic which brings a unique perspective to my projects and enables me to develop quality, individually tailored content. Over the years, I have worked with a diverse range of clients to craft copy that conveys their authentic voice and the heart behind what they do. When the creative work is done, my eagle editorial eye ensures no misplaced modifiers ruin the story. The workshops I facilitate equip both beginners and seasoned scribblers to find inspiration and develop a sustainable writing practice. You will also get to sample greens from our garden and a tipple of Sloe Gin, if you’re lucky.   

When I am not writing, you can find me digging in the dirt with my children, cooking up a storm or curating beautiful spaces in which people can rest, write or gather around a fire. Visit my journal to read some of the prose I have had published or to glean some insight into how to live creatively.

Enough about me, tell me about you.

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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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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People With Whom I Have Worked

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