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Border Literature

13th December 2023 – 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

£5.00 – £6.50
Border Literature. James Conor Patterson, Michelle Gallen and Tony Macauley. Borders and Boundaries. The Linen Hall (2023)

Panel Conversation

The Irish border and the various boundaries within Northern Irish politics and society has had an enduring influence on arts and culture across the island of Ireland. Writers James Conor Patterson, Michelle Gallen, and Tony Macauley will discuss how borders and boundaries have influenced their work.

About Michelle Gallen

Michelle Gallen was born in Northern Ireland in the mid-1970s and grew up during the Troubles a few miles from the border between what she was told was the “Free” State and the “United” Kingdom. She studied English literature at Trinity College Dublin. Her debut novel, Big Girl, Small Town was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Her critically acclaimed second novel, Factory Girls, won the Comedy Women in Print award and was shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award. Both books are being adapted for TV.

About Tony Macaulay

Tony Macaulay is an author, peacebuilder and broadcaster. His memoirs of growing up in Belfast, Paperboy, Breadboy and All Growed Up have been adapted into musicals. His autobiography Little House on the Peace Line tells the story of how he lived and worked on the peaceline in the 1980s. His debut novel Belfast Gate was Book of the Week in the Irish News. His latest novel Kill the Devil: A Love Story from Rwanda, was co-authored with Rwandan screenwriter, Juvens Nsabimana. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Ulster University for services to literature and peacebuilding at home and abroad.

About Maria McManus

Maria McManus is a poet. Her most recent collection is Available Light, (Arlen House). Collaborations for choral, wind and string ensembles include Medusa’s Notebook, ELLIPSES: An Anthem to End WarsWRETCHES, and Tierra Sallada. Dance-theatre/film collaborations include BINDEPILOGUEDUST and TURF. Non-fiction essays are published by The Irish Times, The New Frontier (New Island), and Impermanence (CCI/No Alibis Press). Maria is a founding artistic director of Quotidian – Word on the Street, which includes the Poetry Jukebox.

About Borders and Boundaries

Borders and Boundaries is The Linen Hall’s new project that explores the meanings and realities of borders and boundaries in Northern Ireland throughout the last century through an exhibition and a programme of events, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund.



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13th December 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
£5.00 – £6.50
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The Linen Hall
17 Donegall Square North
Belfast, BT1 5GB United Kingdom


The Linen Hall
+44 (0)28 9032 1707
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