Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, 7pm
Spirit Store, Dundalk
For the third event of the ongoing The Corridor event and exhibition programme, writers and walkers Evelyn Conlon (Irish novelist and short story writer), Garrett Carr (who has walked the whole Irish border for “The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border“) and Paul Scraton (long-time explorer of the former Berlin Wall) discussed the importance of borders in their explorations and writings with Marcel Krueger (the corridor).
Evelyn Conlon is the author of four novels, three collections of short stories and is working on her fourth at the moment. She has also edited four anthologies. Her collections are My Head is Opening, Taking Scarlet as a Real Colour, the title story of which was performed at Edinburgh Theatre Festival and translated into several languages, including Tamil, and Telling, New and Selected Stories.
It has been said of her work that it is “Defiantly clear-sighted. Rigorously unsentimental. Time is man-handled. There are quite simply no boring bits” (Independent, London)
“In Disturbing Words, Evelyn Conlon writes of a woman who has also left her family home on the Border in the North: “Yes, I had gone away. First to Dublin, where they couldn’t stop hearing the headlines in my accent, and then to further away, where it didn’t matter.” (Irish Times)
“Home ground, broken ground, a place apart: ….. one of the The Glass Shore stories, in particular, has a special resonance in relation to borders and borderlands, lines drawn, ironies observed and symbols upheld. It is Evelyn Conlon’s idiosyncratic ‘Disturbing Words’, which also contains pointed reflections on death and emigration, locality and protest, all intriguingly intertwined. It rivets the attention.” (Patricia Craig)
In the wake of the EU referendum, the United Kingdom’s border with Ireland has gained greater significance: it is set to become the frontier with the European Union. Over the past year, Garrett Carr has travelled this border, on foot and by canoe, to uncover a landscape with a troubled past and an uncertain future. Across this thinly populated line, travelling down hidden pathways and among ancient monuments, Carr encounters a variety of characters who live on the frontier. He reveals the turbulent history of this landscape and changes the way we look at nationhood, land and power. The book incorporates Carr’s own maps and photographs.
“It is Garrett Carr’s contention that Ireland is more divided than any of us suspected – not in two but in three: north, south and borderland. The third state is opened up in this marvellous book.” (Daily Telegraph)
“Garrett Carr engages a mapmaker’s eye and a writer’s sensibility to create a great book.” (Irish Times)
Paul Scraton was born in Lancashire and has lived in Berlin since 2001. A writer with a particular interest in landscape, memory and place, he is the editor-in-chief of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place and the author of The Idea of a River: Walking out of Berlin (Readux, 2015) and Ghosts on the Shore: Travels along Germany’s Baltic Coast (Influx, 2017). You can find out more about Paul on his website, where you can also read some of his continuing adventures beyond the front door, whether in the city, the country or the edgelands in between: http://www.underagreysky.com.
Marcel Krueger is a writer, translator, and editor living in Dundalk and mainly writes non-fiction about places, their history, and the journeys in between. He also works as the book editor of the Elsewhere Journal, and his articles and essays have been published in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, Slow Travel Berlin, the Matador Network, and CNN Travel, amongst others. He has translated Wolfgang Borchert and Jörg Fauser into English, and his latest book, ‘Babushka’s Journey: The Dark Road to Stalin’s Wartime Camps’ will be published by I.B. Tauris in December 2017.