Saturday 25th April 2015
Londonderry Arms Hotel, Carnlough
This year’s festival celebrated debate and diversity with a day-long series of events exploring identity in contemporary Northern Ireland.
Martina Devlin – The House Where It Happened
The House Where It Happened is a chilling retelling of real-life events that took place in Islandmagee, Co Antrim in the 18th century. Martina Devlin examines how fear of difference fuels hysteria, when conflicts of class, gender and superstition devastates a community and the lives of eight women amongst them.
Ciaran Carson & Stephen Sexton
One of Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poets, Ciaran Carson reads alongside new writer Stephen Sexton, who presents his debut collection ‘Oils’. Two poets who explore their surroundings through language convey how a city is coming to terms with change, struggling to reconcile its past with the contemporary imaginations of its inhabitants.
‘Politicians do not exclusively own the peace process. As citizens we own it.’ Former Parades Commission chairman and current chair of the Community Relations Council Peter Osborne provides his take on tackling segregation in all aspects of contemporary civic society and explores how to empower communities to work towards reconciliation.
How are we learning to live with difference?
How is Northern Ireland engaging with diversity to promote social cohesion? Are old tribal divisions forming new patterns of behaviour that hold back progression towards a peaceful society? LGBT activist Vincent Creelan joins Peter Osborne and Nisha Tandon, chief executive of intercultural arts organisation Arts Ekta in this panel debate.