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Author Jan Carson talks to Audrey Watson about her latest work, life during lockdown and why she thinks caravans are magical

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Author Jan Carson who has just published  a new book titled The Last Resort.  Photo by Peter Morrison

Author Jan Carson who has just published a new book titled The Last Resort. Photo by Peter Morrison

Author Jan Carson who has just published  a new book titled The Last Resort.  Photo by Peter Morrison

Author Jan Carson who has just published a new book titled The Last Resort. Photo by Peter Morrison

Author Jan Carson who has just published  a new book titled The Last Resort.  Photo by Peter Morrison

Author Jan Carson who has just published a new book titled The Last Resort. Photo by Peter Morrison

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Author Jan Carson who has just published a new book titled The Last Resort. Photo by Peter Morrison

But this thing came down like a guillotine and left us islands, on our own.” Taken from the latest work by Belfast-based writer Jan Carson, these are words that describe perfectly how most of us feel in these strange and isolating times.

They form part of ‘In the Pause Between Now and Next’, a filmed monologue (which premieres online on April 6) commissioned by The Irish Arts Centre in New York and developed in partnership with the Lyric Theatre.

“I’m a very social person and I love the sociability that comes with being a writer,” says Jan. “That’s been the hardest part of lockdown for me — missing out on book festivals and events, and seeing all your mates and talking about books to other people face-to-face and not through a laptop screen.


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