Author from Northern Ireland.
The island of Ireland has a global reputation for its storytelling ability — classic novels, quirky texts, modern tomes, plays, prose and poetry that have stood the test of time and continue to appear on examination papers — and the North in isolation is no different. Seamus Heaney, CS Lewis, Brian Moore, Bernard MacLaverty, Medbh McGuckian, Jan Carson, Lucy Caldwell are some of our greatest literary exports in a by no means exhaustive list.
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.
Northern Ireland Writers Day (March 23) is part of a UK wide drive by the RSL to broaden its reach and celebrate diversity in literature. Through its RSL Open Fellowship Programme, 60 new fellows will be elected, from communities under-represented in UK literature. This is the first time the RSL has joined with the Arts Council to host an event like this in Northern Ireland and the programme will appeal to readers and writers alike.
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