Speaker line-up

This year's speaker line-up included photographers and filmmakers; best in their field. Specialising in everything from social engagement to photography business, long exposure to macro, they shared their expertise with visitors throughout the four days.

Marsha O'Mahony

Marsha O’Mahony is the seventh child of nine born to a large Irish family. When she was 22 she decided it was time to see a bit of the world, and set off, not returning for another four years. In that time, she filled shampoo bottles in Sydney, waitressed in a cocktail bar in an opal mining town, attempted teaching English in Hong Kong, Japan and Nepal, and ended up in Tashkent on her way back to England, courtesy of Aeroflot.

She studied Anthropology & Politics at University, gaining a First-Class Honours and First Prize and publication of her dissertation, an examination of the Burakumin, Japan’s ‘underclass’, as a caste. She was set on the path of PhD glory, when she won a scholarship to study for her MA in Anthropology & Development.

She settled in Herefordshire in 1996 and has two children, who have now flown the nest. She has worked as a reporter on weekly and daily newspapers, is author and contributing writer to a number of books, a commissioned memoir writer, blogger, chief researcher and oral historian on a series of documentary film projects, with local production company Catcher Media, community reporter for BBC Radio Wales, reminiscence session worker, been engaged in public relations successfully placing clients on BBC Radio 4 and in national publications, and a published playwright. She has also led and designed the latest Herefordshire Lore project, ‘River Voices: Stories from the Wye’ (book due to be published in October 2018).

In the course of her career, she has interviewed a huge number of people, from farmers, MPs, teenage mothers, poachers, bailiffs, nuns, and the last man born on St Kilda!


  • 18 Mar 2019
    16:00 - 16:40

    River voices - the photographs behind the book