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What my Conversations with Friends reveal about NI politics and why Stormont doesn’t work

Gail Walker


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Way forward: Our politicians could learn something from Conversations with Friends

Way forward: Our politicians could learn something from Conversations with Friends

Way forward: Our politicians could learn something from Conversations with Friends

The eagerly anticipated BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends starts tomorrow. It might seem unlikely but this novel by a thirtysomething bestselling writer has much to teach the crusty veterans of political conflict in Northern Ireland.

It seems every generation has to be reminded of the need to, and the risks of, reaching out to the other. Though this place has been submerged in talks all my lifetime — secret talks, peace talks, proximity talks, bipartisan talks, new deal talks, talks about talks about talks — few have ever really grasped the most important element in any conversation.


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