the corridor no. 6 is a collaboration with the XBorders project of the Arts Council NI and the Irish Writer’s Centre. Together, we launched a publication containing contributions by writers from all over Ireland and from all areas of literature including poets, essayists, playwrights and fiction writers. Our aim is to reflect on the meaning of borders and how literature and art can help to overcome these – in the widest sense. The visual framework to the pieces from all three XBorders project is provided by Louth artist Ciarán Dunbar from his ‘Diesel’ series.
The publication launched in March 2019, and was be accompanied by a series of launch events and panels across Ireland:
- XBorders: Transition showcase at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin on March 28, 5pm
- A launch and panel at Imagine! Belfast’s festival of ideas & politics on March 29, 6:30 pm
- Official Dundalk launch at Roe River Books on March 30th, 7pm
About XBorders: XBorders is an exciting new cross-border project bringing emerging writers together to explore and write about borders through fiction or non-fiction. As part of the Irish Writers Centre’s Northern Irish programme, one of the goals of this project is to bring together writers from North and South Ireland to workshop on the theme of borders in both a national and international context. This process will be facilitated through seminars and workshops with artists, academics and professionals in the field. Ways of seeing and thinking of borders and their potential for art, and in this instance writing, will be explored. In 2017, we initiated the first XBorders, which was the first literary collaborative intervention ever offered in bringing emerging writers together to explore and write about borders through fiction or non-fiction. This was followed by XBorders: Accord in early 2018, and XBorders: Transition was kicked off in November 2018. Participants from all three XBorders projects will submit to the collaboration publication.