Representing the Working Class in Northern Ireland

By Ciara McAllister- In April this year, as tensions rose in unionist communities over Brexit and policing, images of violence in Belfast flooded our newsfeeds. I was struck by a number of views and responses that I saw repeated by various political, academic and community commentators. On Twitter, the unrest was presented in three ways:... Continue Reading →

A ‘different mental universe’: writing ‘West Belfast’

By Stephen O'Neill – Writing in Fortnight in December 1992, Elizabeth Bouché launched a pithy apologia for the then increasing spate of ‘troubles trash’ novels. Complaining about the standard interpretation of these publications as artistically vacuous, the freelance journalist opened her article with an anecdote about attending ‘a West Belfast Festival seminar on “troubles” novels’ two... Continue Reading →

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