Neil Hegarty: 2031
How did events on the island of Ireland unfold in the wake of Brexit, Covid, and looming climate breakdown?
In this speculative talk, writer Neil Hegarty surveys the events of a decade from the vantage point of the year 2031 – and observes a scene in which geopolitics, society, and Ireland itself are changed utterly. The state of Northern Ireland – to nobody’s great surprise – endured for only a few years beyond its centenary: Scottish independence and a fervid, defensive post-Brexit English nationalism saw to that. But what new unitary state took its place? The decisions were made and process designed not by politicians – but by the Citizens’ Conventions, with their track record of effecting sweeping social transformations.
Join us to survey our radical and startling recent history. Neil Hegarty’s novels include The Jewel and Inch Levels; and his non-fiction works include The Story of Ireland, which accompanies the BBC-RTE television history of Ireland. Born in Derry, he now lives in Dublin.