Úna McCarthy : Who put Bella in the wych elm

30 June to 27 August

Isabella Walsh at Limerick City Gallery
Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick

Who put Bella in the wych elm?” is a true story, a murder-mystery involving an unidentified female skeleton found inside a hollow tree in Hagely Wood, Worcestershire 1943. It is a complex tale of murder, mystery and intrigue.

This book acts as a metaphor for the whole story – there is a brief period where the truth may be gleaned before the information degrades. Events leave marks and traces of their occurrence. Although the actual details can fade and disappear quite quickly, some elements are long lasting. The story may seem completely changed and outwardly bear little or no obvious relation to the event, but would not exist without the original circumstance.

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