We are pleased to announce an upcoming series of literary interviews, Northern Irish Voices, which will form part of our spring 2021 cultural programme. The series will focus on leading voices and writers from Northern Ireland: ex-President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, two of Ireland’s most esteemed and influential poets, Michael Longley and Frank Ormsby, along with award-winning authors Glenn Patterson, Jan Carson, and Lucy Caldwell.
The series will begin on Sunday 11th April and will run for six weeks.
The six participants will discuss their recent publications, in conversation with the following interviewers: journalist Anne Flaherty, television executive Anne Morrison, writer and broadcaster Dr Carlo Gébler and academic Dr Keith Hopper. The events will be streamed as six individual author events.
The series will be broadcast on ICC Digital, our highly successful online platform that was created in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The platform enjoys an international audience and has quickly become a global hub for Irish culture and arts. It has also helped us to mark our 25th anniversary year.
Dr Anne Goudsmit, a member of the ICC Board, says: We are delighted to welcome this diverse line-up of leading voices from Northern Ireland and their interviewers, who have provided us with six exceptionally thought-provoking and wide-ranging discussions. The series consists of Dr Mary McAleese discussing her memoir, Michael Longley and Frank Ormsby deliberating on their extraordinary poetic careers, while Glenn Patterson, Lucy Caldwell and Jan Carson discuss their recent novels and short story collections. These interviews provide a fascinating insight into Northern Irish life, culture and literature during the past six decades, while also drawing attention to literary responses to current tensions in Northern Ireland.
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The ICC Digital series Northern Irish Voices 2021 has been supported by a generous donation from Harvey and Allison McGrath.
All broadcasts will be available to the public free of charge but donations will be invited to help support the ICC’s ongoing cultural programme and educational activities.
The Irish Cultural Centre is pleased to partner with No Alibis Bookstore in Belfast to offer viewers 10% off all books featured in the series Northern Irish Voices.