As a young boy Batt lived with his grandfather
who was a traditional seanachie ( storyteller ) in the Hills of
Kerry. In this remote part of Southern Ireland before the advent
of TV, the old customs were preserved and he heard the ancient
tales of Ireland being recounted by the fireside during the long,
harsh winter nights.
He was fascinated by what he heard and today he draws on this
rich childhood experience to recreate on stage, with great authenticity,
the ancient world of storytelling.
Verse was very much featured in the seanachie's repertoire and
poetry is an integral part of Batt's evocative performances. Steeped
as he is in the twin traditions of storytelling and verse, and
having served his apprenticeship to a master teller makes him
a truly authentic Irish seanachie.
Batt’s first book of stories, The King With Horse’s Ears and Other Irish Folktales ( Sterling Publishing, New York), which was published in 2009, won the 2010 Storytelling World Award in the USA for the best collection of folktales for young readers.
Primarily the book is of interest to younger readers but many of his own stories, inspired by his youthful experiences in the Kerry Hills, will also be enjoyed by adults.
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|Batt lures his listeners with haunting accounts of ghosts, witty jokes,
adventurous stories, evocative poetry and traditional folklore.|
His material can be tailored to suit many and varied audiences and
it is laced with Irish wit and humour. He draws heavily on the work
of famous Irish writers like W.B.Yeats, Brendan Kenneally, Frank O’Connor
and Bryan Mc Mahon.