Putting ‘Talk’ Out There: The Cork Folklore Project’s Recipe Book for Dissemination

Clíona O’Carroll

Cork Folklore Project and Béaloideas/Folklore and Ethnology, University College Cork


This article explores creativity in the holdings and outputs of the Cork Folklore Project, a community-based urban folklore centre in Cork City, Ireland, that has been collecting, archiving, providing access to, and disseminating oral testimony or ‘talk’ since 1996. It outlines the range of different practices engaged in by the CFP as a range of ‘ways with talk’ (whether in the generation or dissemination of talk), and describes dissemination and engagement strategies ranging from collective listening to the production of journals, books, films and radio programmes, to online story mapping, to play and drama. Exploring the role of creativity in these practices and the distinctive nature of audio testimony, the article considers the role of archives of testimony as advocates for the creative foregrounding of human ‘talk’ and meaning-making in the contemporary world.


Sound Archives; Voice; Community Archives; Ethnographic Dissemination; Listening

Author contact: c.ocarroll [at] ucc.ie

Citation: O’Carroll, C., 2019. “Putting ‘Talk’ Out There: The Cork Folklore Project’s Recipe Book for Dissemination”, Irish Journal of Anthropology, 22(1), 279-289.