Competition: The Moth Comes to Dublin

Almost 20 years ago, a story-telling club first began in the heart of New York. The inaugural show took place without any advertising but still sold out. This insatiable appetite for narratives, truth and personal experience is fundamental to The Moth’s success and cult-like following.

Since that first event, The Moth has cultivated a story-telling community which includes Ethan Hawke and Salmon Rushdie, to name but a few. It has also ebbed from the stage and uses the live material to create a podcast which is downloaded by approximately 25 million people, per annum.

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Attempting to digest that breadth of reach makes my palms sweat and my heart beat just a little faster, particularly because when The Moth comes to Liberty Hall in Dublin tomorrow night, I am one of their storytellers. I am incredibly humbled to take part in such a cultural phenomenon and of the 15,000 narratives which have previously been told, I am the first little person to take to the stage.

Taking to the stage tomorrow night will be challenging. My story is personal and emotional. Already, I’m nervous.

To add to my nervousness, The Moth have gifted me with two tickets to raffle off here on the blog. The winner will be announced late tonight and having heard the narratives of the other speakers, I can’t urge you enough to enter and attend!

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Sinéad Burke is an academic and a writer with an obsessive interest in fashion, education and 'Extraordinary Women'. She is an ambassador for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the National Women's Council of Ireland.

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