This year, as part of the Arts Over Borders Festivals, BBC Radio 3 has commissioned five writers and artists to write an essay on the theme of boundaries. The new commissions, recorded in front of live audiences at the festival, will be broadcast in The Essay series on BBC Radio 3 later this year.
For this event at Lughnasa FrielFest, audiences are warmly welcomed to join Essayists Wendy Erskine, Stephen Sexton and Ed Vulliamy.
Wendy Erskine is “a startling new voice from Belfast that comes alive in short story format” (Irish Times). Her début collection of short fiction, Sweet Home, was described by The Guardian as ‘a gripping, wonderfully understated book that oozes humanity, emotion and humour.’ Recently longlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award, her work has been published in The Stinging Fly, Winter Papers, Female Lines: New Writing from Northern Ireland and Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber).
Stephen Sexton’s poetry collection, If All the World and Love Were Young, was recently shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. The previous winner of an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, he also won the UK National Poetry Competition, where judges described his poem The Curfew as a ‘’tour de force … the language is alive, the poet’s own, and impressively adventurous.’ He teaches at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.
Ed Vulliamy was for many years a reporter with the Guardian and the Observer, and has won many awards for his journalism. His publications include Amexica: War Along the Borderline, and The War is Dead: Long Love The War. Of most recent work, When Words Fail: A Life with Music, War and Peace, the Financial Times said it is “not only a testament to a life-long love of music, it also represents an indefatigable act of reportage into it.”
EVENT IS FREE. LIMITED AUDIENCE CAPACITY SO SEATS AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS
DATES & TIMES:
Sunday, 18th August – 5pm
Event Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Whittaker Suite, Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry