Postponed: XBorders Refuge: The Language of Migration

Postponed: XBorders Refuge: The Language of Migration

Monday 23 March 2020

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: No Alibis Bookstore

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Imagine Festival of Ideas & Politics, Belfast

Shifts in language reflect much larger changes in attitudes and understanding across society. That is particularly true of the language used to describe immigrants and immigration. Writers Sorcha Pollak and Dr Brian Lambkin explore the political and social impact of the language we use around migration, immigration and the movement of people.

Sorcha Pollak is an Irish journalist based in Dublin, and writes the weekly series in The Irish Times which features the stories of immigrants who moved to Ireland. Sorcha is author of the follow-up book New to the Parish, published by New Island Books in May 2018. Dr Brian Lambkin was the founding Director of the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies. His book, Calming Conflict: Northern Ireland, Metaphor and Migration was published in January 2020.

XBorders is a cross-border project from the Irish Writers Centre that brings emerging writers together to explore and write about selected themes through fiction or non-fiction. The XBorders Refuge programme engages writers to develop artistic responses to pressing social and political issues, with practical supports for writers through mentoring, editing, peer learning and expert-led seminars.

The Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics will showcase 90 events to encourage people to discuss and debate the big issues of our times. The strictly non-partisan festival offers up an eclectic week of talks, workshops, theatre, comedy, music, exhibitions, film and tours to help us navigate an increasingly volatile future.

This programme is presented by the Irish Writers Centre and supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland.