Seaweed & Sealing Wax 2: letters from 1812 with botanical art and poetry

PODCAST launched on the anniversary of Ellen Hutchin’s death, 9th February, 2023.

This podcast was originally designed as a live event performed in August 2022 in the Ellen Hutchins Festival. The script is devised by performer and writer Karen Minihan and Finola Finlay (Roaringwater Journal) from Ellen’s correspondence with fellow botanist, Dawson Turner.  This edited version includes Karen reading extracts from Ellen’s correspondence, with context and notes provided by Finola.

The poetry is provided by Laura McKenna, poet and writer, from her body of work inspired by the work of Ellen Hutchins and her delight in the landscape that surrounded her. The context for Ellen’s lives and knowledge of family history is introduced by her great, great grandniece, Madeline Hutchins.

The launch of the Seaweed & Sealing Wax 2, letters from 1812 with botanical art and poetry podcast, takes place on 9th February 2022 – the anniversary of Ellen’s death in 1815, aged just 29.  The venue is Áras Ellen Hutchins, the building named for her by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) of UCC. The date is  perfectly placed between the Herstory celebrations around the new St Brigid’s Day Bank Holiday at the beginning of February and the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. 

Also on view in  Áras Ellen Hutchins is the painting by Oonagh Hurley, entitled  Ellen or Hutchinsiae,  and some of the archives relating to Ellen – letters, books and a drawing – on display in the Archives Cabinet. These will be available to view on various open days of the year.

For details, please see the Ellen Hutchins Facebook page,
or Twitter, .

For other information on Ellen Hutchins and for the shop of books and prints, see

For further information/contact details, please use:
Laura McKenna @
Finola Finlay @
Karen Minihan @

Recorded at Westfield Studios, Caheragh, Co Cork.

The Last Rose of Summer, lyrics by Thomas Moore, 1805, set to a traditional air. Singer/arrangement – Karen Minihan.  SFX – Mixkit.

A price has not been set for this podcast. It you enjoy this work, please donate to support the Ellen Hutchins Festival in 2023 by clicking on the “Support this show” link on the Buzzsprout page.