Are you concerned about the divisive rhetoric used during prolonged Brexit debates? Irish people living in Britain report noticing a change in atmosphere and attitudes when the Backstop was a live issue. Friends in the North are understandably sickened by all that’s been said – and left unsaid. Many of us mourn the casually inclusive ‘We’re all in Europe Now’ attitude that made such a difference to the dynamics between all of us who live on our two islands, Ireland and Britain. So what can we do to remind ourselves and each other of all the things that connect us, and what better way to do it than through writing, the arts, and conversation?
NO SMALL TALK is a group of writers who have come together out of concern for the level of division and increasing hostility that has crept into the rhetoric around Brexit. We want to generate links between writers and artists in both Ireland and Britain to challenge this debasing of language and the perversions of truth which are now regular features of public discourse. Our aim is to restore positive links and connections between us all.
To this end, we will hold an introductory meeting on Tuesday, 12th November at 7:00 pm in The Teachers’ Club.
EVENT: Brexit: the Use and Abuse of Language
Bobby Mc Donagh, former Ambassador to the UK
Jo Burns, award-winning poet
Evelyn Conlon, novelist and short-story writer
Carlo Gebler, writer and teacher
CHAIR: Martina Devlin, writer and journalist
WHEN: Tuesday 12th November at 7:00 pm
WHERE: The Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1
Following the speakers’ presentations, we hope to see genuine audience engagement in a discussion which will lead to future events and an evolving network of interested writers, artists, musicians and filmmakers. Please spread the word among people who might be interested in joining us in this endeavour.
Admission is free but you must reserve tickets through Eventbrite:
WHO WE ARE: No Small Talk is a sub-group of WORD, a professional writers’ association based in the Irish Writers Centre. (Celia de Fréine, Martina Devlin, Catherine Dunne, Margo Gorman, Sophia Hillan, Liz McSkeane, Lia Mills)
MISSION STATEMENT: “The aim of this group is to initiate and facilitate a conversation among writers and artists of Ireland & Great Britain in order to strengthen the existing links between us, to recognise the various languages spoken on these islands and we will challenge the current public discourse that creates division and conflict.”
The event is sponsored by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.