This week on Catch our Drift we’re diving into the language, words and stories of the seas. Since time immemorial, people have been inspired by the ocean, to imagine and understand what lies beneath the waves, and to build connections to this vital place by finding words and stories that speak of the ocean and why it all matters.
Film maker, writer and connoisseur of the Irish language, Manchan Magan joins us to talk about his latest project, Sea Tamagotchi. He has travelled the coastal roads of Ireland, seeking out sea words, maritime terms and coastal customs in an effort to preserve them.
Monique Roffey, author of the Costa Book prize winning novel, The Mermaid of Black Conch, joins us to talk about her captivating version of the universal tale of people who span the boundary between ocean and land, being part human, part fish.
Kirti Ramesh is a marine biologist whose PhD focussed on shell formation in the blue mussel and the effects of climate change on shellfish. She wanted to find a wider audience for her research so turned her work into a captivating illustrated children’s book. She tells us why she did this