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Short Talks

By Bairbre Flood
Artists, activists, refugees and community workers talk about different aspects of migration.
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Abdulwahab Tahhan: Journalist & Creator of New Refugee Podcast

Short Talks

Nyama: Dishes From Around The World
Tanjina Begum, Thelma Dube and Abiola show us how to make a dish from their home countries of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Lamb biryani, a beef stew and jollof rice are on the menu and the chefs share with us their knowledge of cooking, their experiences living in Direct Provision, and their hopes that things will change soon when Direct Provision is abolished. The programme is produced by Bairbre Flood, presented by Thelma Dube and funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Sound and Vision scheme.
November 30, 2021
Alternative Learning: The Cork Life Centre
Producer Bairbre Flood talks to students and teachers and examines what the education system can learn from the success of this iconic Cork school. Funded by the BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland).
February 15, 2021
Beyond Religion:Atheism in Ireland
Atheist Ireland (Dublin & Cork) members, parents bringing up their children outside religion; and an ex-Muslim, ex-Hindu, and ex-Catholic speak frankly about their experiences. Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
December 03, 2020
'We can't breathe here either' : Racism & Refugees
Mahdi wants to be a professional boxer when he grows up. Maisam is  going to be an artist. Both of them are navigating the varied forms of racism & segregation refugees face.
August 20, 2020
Abdulwahab Tahhan: Journalist & Creator of New Refugee Podcast
We talk about his time as a fixer in Turkey, how journalists can improve their coverage of refugee stories and the importance of media collaboration with refugees. Also his work as a senior researcher with Airwars, the political situation in Syria, co-production on a Youtube series, 'Lost With No Direction', and how initiatives like the Refugee Journalism Project can really help. We also touch on the challenges of navigating different cultures, mental health, and his work as a stand-up comic with No Direction Home. Listen to 'Integrate That' on Spotify / Google  / Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts.  Follow: @Abdultahhan
July 09, 2020
Abdul: On Teaching & Refugee Solidarity
Abdul is a teacher and co-ordinator with the One Happy Family community centre on Lesvos, Greece - - which is planning to reopen soon. One Happy Family is one of many initiatives run together with refugees in the Moria and Kara Tepe camps. Others include Stand By Me Lesvos, and Wave of Hope for the Future (WHF) - - who just opened a new school in Moria. 
June 03, 2020
Short Talks - Baqir
'I came from my own country just to be safe. I don't feel myself safe.' Baqir, an unaccompanied minor living in Moria refugee camp, shares his experiences, and his hopes for the future. *part of a longer documentary, 'Against The Wire', for broadcast later in the year on Newstalk, (funded by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund).
April 09, 2020
Ireland & The Slave Trade
In Ireland we're more familiar with thinking of ourselves as the victims of history - which we were - than as active participants in colonialism. But it's an uncomfortable fact that the Irish were also slave owners, slave traders, overseers and agents. We helped build the slave empire on behalf of Britain, France and other countries, and shared in the profits of this horrendous system over the course of several hundred years. Talking to historians, academics and writers, producer Bairbre Flood traces the history of Irish involvement in the Atlantic Slave Trade, and examines some of the research in this area. ‘Ireland & The Slave Trade’ also looks at the anti-slavery movement at the time - and especially the visit of Frederick Douglass; the myth of the ‘white Irish slaves’ still doing the rounds on social media; and the growth of racism as a way of legitimising the enslavement of millions of African men, women and children. Interviewees include: Orla Power, author of Irish planters, Atlantic Merchants: The Development of St. Croix, Danish West Indies, 1750-1766, and numerous academic papers and articles on this subject. Joe O’Shea, journalist and author of Murder, Mutiny, Mayhem:The Account of The Blackest-Hearted Villains From Irish History, O’Brien Press, (2012). Nini Rodgers, historian, retired lecturer from Queen’s University, Belfast, and author of Ireland, Slavery and Anti-Slavery: 1645-1865, Palgrave Macmillan; 2007. Kate Hodgson, lecturer in University College Cork in the areas of Francophone postcolonial literature and culture, slavery, abolition and the law, and contemporary French politics and society. Co-editor of Slavery, Memory and Identity: National Representations and Global Legacies, London: Pickering & Chatto, (2012) Dr Ebun Joseph, lecturer in the first Black Studies Module to be taught in Ireland at University College Dublin, social activist, and co-editor of Challenging Perceptions of Africa in Schools -  Critical Approaches to Global Justice Education, Routledge, 2020. Lee Jenkins, head of the Dept. of English in UCC, co-editor of Atlantic Crossings in the Wake of Frederick Douglass, Brill, 2017, and author of ‘Beyond the Pale: Frederick Douglass in Cork', in The Irish Review, 24, 1999.
March 09, 2020
Mary Elmes
The only Irish person recognised as Righteous Among the Nations for saving Jewish children during the Holocaust.
January 27, 2020
Elena Lydon
'We're seeing so much trauma...we've seen lots of young children who no longer speak.' - Elena Lydon, a nurse from Mayo who's volunteering in Lesvos. Currently around 1,800 unaccompanied minors on the island, people stuck there with interview dates in 2022, and services increasingly overwhelmed. If you're able to donate, please use her paypal account:
October 16, 2019
Short Talks: Lucky Khambule
'We didn't want this conference to be any other conference, whereby we've got people theorising about other people's lives. We wanted the people that don't have the opportunity to narrate their own stories to be able to have that platform.' - Lucky Khambule, co-founder of MASI  I chat to Lucky at the first MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland) conference in Liberty Hall, Dublin. More info:
October 09, 2019
Short Talks Malak Bouod
Malak Bouod grew up in Benghazi, Libya and became involved in human rights activism in her teenage years. She moved to Ireland in 2014 and was granted refugee status in 2016.  [Malak was interviewed by Sorcha Pollak as part of the New to the Parish series of articles in the Irish Times.]
August 10, 2019
Short Talks Asylum Seeker
A resident in Clonakilty Direct Provision Centre (The Lodge) explains why they felt the need to hold a protest in the Centre. (She preferred not to give her name). 
August 10, 2019
Short Talks Jessica Traynor
 Jessica Traynor reads Calais, and The Artane Boys’ Band from her collection, The Quick (Dedalus Press) – and we talk about the politics in her poetry. 
August 10, 2019
Short Talks Asylum Archive
 Artist and activist Vukasin Nedeljkovic talks about his new book (Asylum Archive), Direct Provision, migration & deportation. 
August 10, 2019
Life On The Outside
Three women describe their experience of seeking asylum in Ireland; the threat of deportation, what it means to be Irish, and how they deal with racism. Elsie Nwaora, Nomaxabiso Maye & Florence Eriamantoe talk openly about their years in Direct Provision.
August 10, 2019
The Hungry Road
Home to 10,000 refugees before its eviction in 2016 – what was life like for people living in the unofficial refugee camp in Calais, France, aka The Jungle? (Funded by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund.) 
August 10, 2019