IMRAM — Féile Litríochta Gaeilge / Irish Language Literature Festival — asked our class to help promote their 2017 event. We produced 16 postcards, each a different interpretation of works by Irish language poets Rory Gorman, John McDonald or Caitríona NíChleirchin. The Project was included in the 100 Archive Selection for 2017.
My postcard was inspired by NíChleirchins 'Persephone', which featured the Mythical Greek figure Persephone carry the pain of her mother's death. I included the line 'Chlaon Persephone a cloigeann,' meaning Persephone bowed her head.
When Persephone went down into the Underworld to steal Pandoras Box, she was tricked by Hades who gave her pomegranate seeds to eat. As she had tasted food of the underworld, she was obliged to spend six months of each year (the winter months) there, and the remaining part of the year with the gods above. One month for each seed she ate.