Chapters and Layers and Research

Chapters will be considered as such:

  • Work and Prayer of the Nuns
  • The Nuns as Individuals (Formal Portraits & Interview)
  • The interior of the Abbey in all its various states (metaphorical and literary direction)
  • The tourists
  • The overlaps of life at the Abbey (may be incorporated into each chapter)

Timeline Idea:

Linear timeline showing the day in day out of life at Kylemore Abbey, with concentrated focuses on the nuns at specific times. Beginning of day: morning prayer, silence, empty and serene. Around 10 am: tourists start coming in by the buses and the nuns go to their areas of work (chocolate factory, administrative work upstairs in the castle, soapery, farm, etc.). Noon: Mass in the chapel next to the busy turnstyles and ticket office, some tourists may show up. 2 pm: peak time for tourists, they explore the grounds, the Abbey, the walled gardens, the lakes, the gothic chapel, etc.; they are visible at every corner. 6 pm: evening vespers and close to closing time of the Abbey. After Vespers the nuns retreat to the farm for their meal and the Abbey ground is left very still and silent again. 

TEXT and ARTIST research:

Female Poets/Literary Figures

  • Maya Angelou
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Margaret Atwood


Irish Female Poets/Literary Figures

  • Cherry Smyth
  • Dorothy Molloy
  • Albha Darcey
  • Eavan Boland
  • Sinead Morrissey
  • Eilean Ni Chuilleanain


Male Irish Poets/Literary Figures

  • W.B. Yeats
  • James Joyce
  • Seamus Heaney
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Samuel Beckett


Photo Installations

  • Taryn Simon
  • Sophie Calle
  • Jonathas de Andrade
  • Wolfgang Tillmans


20th century Irish artists

  • Jack B Yeats
  • Sir John Lavery
  • Sean Keating
  • Lady Glenavy
  • ‘The Last Brief Voyage: A Connemara Funeral’ William Henry Bartlett
  • Lady Elizabeth Butler
  • ‘Early Morning in Connemara’ Paul Henry* (1920)