Leanan Sidhe – Vampiric Muse or Divine Messenger?
Leave your teenage vampire love stories at the door, Kitty is here to talk about the real Leanan Sidhe of The Good People.
Faerie of traditional Irish Faerie Folklore are old, clever and can be really inspiring. They are all around us and watching, always watching.
But what are they thinking?
Can they relate to the vanity of our selfie generation or do they despair at our self-loving superficiality?
Do we irritate them, should we fear them?
In this episode, Kitty wonders if Leanan Sidhe’s interaction with Humans serves a higher purpose. Perhaps it’s about more than art!
So, bin all romantic thoughts of bloodsucking, we’re going to take a no nonsense look at how and why Leanan Sidhe have inspired Humans through the ages and ask:
Is she just a bloodthirsty vamp with a penchant for Human blood?
And does this explain why struggling artists are often pale, sickly and tormented?
Does she give inspiration to particular creative Humans out of lust or affection?
Is it possible Leanan Sidhe’s ‘gift’ benefits the Good People? Does her inspiration allow artistic Humans to relay profound thoughts/feelings on behalf of the Good People? Could our most extraordinary artists have acted as a conduit for the Faerie?
We will ponder what John Keats, Marvin Gaye, Christy Moore and John Lennon might have in common and celebrate Leanan Sidhe and the Good People in song and poem.
As always, Kitty explains why it’s okay to believe in Faeries and invites you to read more true tales of encounters with the Good People and share your own experiences at:
Excerpt from ‘La Belle Dame san Merci’ poem by John Keats. Read by Zornaph.
Excerpt from ‘Mercy, Mercy Me’ written by Marvin Gaye. Read by Zornaph.
Excerpt from ‘Imagine’ written by John Lennon.
Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio Di Campo.
Additional Music: ‘Rainy Day’ by Jonathan Segev.