25th March: 7.30pm

Finding Hope in Dark Times
With Hilary McGrady, Ece Temelkuran and Jon Alexander.

With Putin’s invasion of Ukraine coming on the heels of the Covid pandemic and rising tensions everywhere, there is no doubt we live in very difficult times. It’s enough to make anyone want to switch off. Is there hope?

That’s the question Hilary, Ece and Jon will discuss, inviting plenty of perspectives from the audience too.

Hilary McGrady, Director General of the National Trust, will keep the conversation rooted in a distinctly Northern Irish perspective. Hilary has worked for the Trust since 2006, and became Director General in 2018. She was formerly CEO of Belfast’s bid to become European Capital of Culture.

Ece Temelkuran is currently living in exile from her native Turkey. In How to Lose a Country (2019), she charted the rise of authoritarianism at home; in the follow up, Together (2021) she argues that the only response to this rising threat has to start with faith in humanity.

Jon Alexander worked in the advertising industry for a decade, but now believes that what he calls “the Consumer Story” is what is pulling humanity down – but that there is another way. In his new book Citizens (2022), he argues that a new idea of how our societies might work is taking shape just in time.

Join the conversation, share your view, and let’s rediscover our hope for the future together.

Learn more: ecetemelkuran.net • jonalexander.net


Sponsored by the QUB Democracy Unit.

date & time

date & time

Friday 25th March
7.30pm (doors 7.00pm)
Duration: 1.5 hours



Cube Theatre, Crescent Arts Centre, University Road




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Images: Joanna Paciorek / Andy Galloway