Mosney was supposed to be a short-term solution. 18 years on, the campus houses over 600 people. Newcomers to Ireland who have already faced years of instability are forced to spend months, and often years, in direct provision centres such as Mosney. In a recent piece, I argued that Ireland’s long history with emigration… Continue reading Cabin Fever in Mosney: Can We End the Isolation of Direct Provision?
Ayobami Adebayo’s first novel, Stay With Me, was recently shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. This stunning debut explores motherhood, marriage, and the pain of sickle-cell disease through the eyes of Yejide and Akin, a young couple living in 1980s’ Nigeria. We spoke with Ayobami to delve deeper into the social pressures of… Continue reading Ayobami Adebayo talks Nigerian Motherhood and Literary Inspirations
Linda Grant won the Orange Prize for Women’s Fiction in 2000 with her novel When I Lived In Modern Times. Her seventh and latest offering, The Dark Circle, has been shortlisted for this year’s Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction. Grant is also a writer for The Guardian. We caught up with her to talk about the inspiration… Continue reading Linda Grant on X-Ray Campaigns, Anti-Semitism, and The Dark Circle
During Black History Month, we featured Edwidge Danticat in our list of 10 Black Writers You Should Read. Edwidge Danticat is a Haitian-American author of multiple award-winning novels including The Farming of Bones and The Dew Breaker. Her short story collection Krik? Krak! was also nominated for the National Book Award. Danticat also writes for The New Yorker. Her work there… Continue reading Edwidge Danticat on The Art of Death
Dublin-born Gráinne Humphreys has been the Festival Director of the Dublin International Film Festival since 2007. Starting initially as a festival volunteer, she has been working in film programming for over twenty years. As the 15th Annual Dublin International Film Festival draws to a close this Sunday, we speak to Gráinne about her career as… Continue reading In Conversation with… Gráinne Humphreys