The Sunflower Bar, Union Street
29th March: 6.30pm – 8.00pm (doors 6.15pm)
The corridor & Xborders panel and launch.
According to Theresa May, everyone identifying with more than one nation is ‘a citizen of nowhere’, and for German home secretary Horst Seehofer immigration is ‘the mother of all problems’. But is that really so, in an increasingly politicised world where distances are shrinking and open borders like the Irish one are a reality?
To discuss these topics and the influence of arts and literature for society, the interdisciplinary arts project the corridor from Dundalk collaborates with the XBorders project of the Arts Council NI and the Irish Writer’s Centre invite a panel of writers from both sides of the border. We will also launch our collaboration publication showcasing more Irish literary voices with backgrounds from all over the world. The panel will include Maria McManus (poet, Belfast), Marcel Krueger (travel writing, Dundalk) and other speakers to be confirmed.
Our aim is to reflect on the meaning of borders and how literature and art can help to overcome these – in the widest sense.
About the corridor: The interdisciplinary, discursive project `the corridor´ explores the topic of borders and their political, social and cultural consequences through public talks, screenings and artistic presentations. With artists from all fields, historians, sociologists, contemporary witnesses and other experts we as outsiders want to discuss the history of the Irish border and the future challenges of the upcoming EU border for this area.
We explore the topic of borders and their political, social and cultural consequences through readings, public discussions, artistic interventions and much more by bringing together artists from all over Ireland and Europe. In October 2018, we also launched the first-ever the corridor publication.
About XBorders: XBorders is an exciting new cross-border project bringing emerging writers together to explore and write about borders through fiction or non-fiction. As part of the Irish Writers Centre’s Northern Irish programme, one of the goals of this project is to bring together writers from North and South Ireland to workshop on the theme of borders in both a national and international context.
This process will be facilitated through seminars and workshops with artists, academics and professionals in the field. Ways of seeing and thinking of borders and their potential for art, and in this instance, writing, will be explored. In 2017, we initiated the first XBorders, which was the first literary collaborative intervention ever offered in bringing emerging writers together to explore and write about borders through fiction or non-fiction. This was followed by XBorders: Accord in early 2018, and XBorders: Transition was kicked off in November 2018.