'Virtual' Books & Brews September 15, 2020

Aug 28, 2020

Irish poet and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama, author of In The Shelter: Finding a Home in the World, was our guest for a Virtual Books & Brews, September 15, 2020. 

You can watch on demand on Facebook where we discussed the various meanings of the word, "shelter," and how we accept and welcome what life presents, plus the power story brings to our understanding of a troubled world.

This is a special Books & Brews was made possible in collaboration with Eastern Mennonite University, presenting many other event opportunities with Pádraig Ó Tuama.

WMRA's Books & Brews series is sponsored by Gaines Group Architects. The Gaines Group has offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.

Signed copies of "In the Shelter" are available from Stone Soup Books. Note, a small number of books are available now, but the book is being re-released by a new publisher in the U.S. and most orders may not ship until late February, 2021.

While this was a virtual gathering, we deeply appreciate our ongoing partnership with Pale Fire Brewing Company, and will return to holding our events at the taproom once it is safe to gather in person.

Padraig O Tuama
Credit Trevor Brady

Poet and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centers around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. Working fluently on the page and with groups of people, Pádraig is a skilled speaker, teacher and group worker. His work has won acclaim in circles of poetry, politics, religion, psychotherapy and conflict analysis.

Pádraig presents Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios and in late 2019 was named Theologian in Residence for On Being, innovating in bringing art and theology into public and civic life.

Pádraig has told a story for The Moth and has extended interviews with On Being and ABC Spirit of Things. Together with his partner, Paul Doran, he cofounded Tenx9, a storytelling event where nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a true story from their lives. Begun in Belfast, this event now has satellite events in many other cities.