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Glenn Patterson, playwright Shannon Sickles and ex-MLA Conall McDevitt at the launch in Duncairn Arts Centre

Glenn Patterson, playwright Shannon Sickles and ex-MLA Conall McDevitt at the launch in Duncairn Arts Centre

Glenn Patterson, playwright Shannon Sickles and ex-MLA Conall McDevitt at the launch in Duncairn Arts Centre

A new book exploring the complex relationships between Britain and Ireland was launched yesterday.

Published by the British Council, Britain and Ireland: Lives Entwined is a series of essays.

The latest edition, Lives Entwined V, focuses on 'shifting borders, shifting identities' and offers perspectives from a range of voices drawn from politics, journalism, arts and academia.

It includes contributions from journalist Susan McKay, who interviewed women who knew and who were changed by the life and death of journalist Lyra McKee; Padraig O Tuama, who through poetry wrestles with time, contested histories and Brexit; and writer Glenn Patterson, who transports us to a night at Bert's Jazz Bar.

Jonathan Stewart, director, British Council Northern Ireland, said: "We're delighted to be able to launch Britain and Ireland: Lives Entwined V at a time of change and flux in British-Irish relations."

Belfast Telegraph