Poets and editors from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, India and South Africa give us an in-depth look at diversity in Irish writing and publishing. Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Christie Kandiwa, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, Khanyo Dlamini and Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi read their poetry of love, migration, family - and share their own unique experiences of ‘home’. They reflect on the power of language to shape identity, and the connection between writing and social change.
They explain how we could be doing better in terms of diversity in the arts in Ireland - and what kind of organisations are currently helping to shift the conversation.
Skein Press co-editor, Grainne O’Toole, and poet Jessica Traynor also share their experience of collaboration: and why it’s vital to put more support in place for writers from under-represented communities.
CREDITS: Signing In: The ‘New Irish’ Writers, is produced by Bairbre Flood and funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Sound & Vision Scheme.
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).
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.
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.
Abdul is a teacher and co-ordinator with the One Happy Family community centre on Lesvos, Greece - https://ohf-lesvos.org/ - 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) - https://www.facebook.com/WaveOfHopeForTheFuture/ - who just opened a new school in Moria.
'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).
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.
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.
'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: firstname.lastname@example.org
'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: https://www.masi.ie
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.]
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.
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.)
How politics and music influenced each other in Ireland, from the 1798 Rebellion to modern hip hop. Featuring original recordings of 1798 songs, and 'Oppression' - a first-hand account of life in Direct Provision. (Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, first broadcast on UCC98.3FM)