17 – 26 May


The Belfast Agreement 20 Years on: Monica McWilliams, Moya Cannon & Andy Pollak

Wednesday, 22 May
Smock Alley Theatre
€12 / €10

In 1998, the Belfast Agreement (aka the Good Friday Agreement) between the British and Irish governments and most of the political parties in Northern Ireland changed the political and social landscape of Northern Ireland. Given the all-consuming Brexit crisis, it has been subject to much recent scrutiny.

Irish Pages, the biannual journal of contemporary writing from Ireland and overseas, has published The Belfast Agreement: Twentieth Anniversary Issue, in which 42 notable literary writers, journalists and scholars comment on the achievement of the Agreement itself as well as offering their views, feelings and experience of it over the past two decades, including the present moment.

Irish Pages presents poet and member of Aosdána, Moya Cannon, whose most recent collection was Keats Lives; Monica McWilliams, who played a key role in this major political development in the Northern Irish peace process of the 1990s; and journalist, author, and founding Director of the Centre for Cross-Border Studies, Andy Pollak.

The event will be chaired by Chris Agee, Editor of Irish Pages.