03 March 2021
Korean Literature Now
“Korean Literature Now (KLN) is a quarterly literary magazine published by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which seeks to ensure that Korean literature is experienced by a wide range of audiences. Launched in 2008 as Books from Korea, the magazine underwent a redesign and was relaunched as Korean Literature Now from the summer issue of 2016. KLN features poetry, fiction, interviews, book reviews, essays, and more.”
Check it out: https://koreanliteraturenow.com
Delve into Rebel Matters, a bi-weekly podcast for and with activists, artists, and scallywags, presented by Ainle Ó Cairealláin, a West-Belfast native now based in Cork city, and produced by sound artist/filmmaker Vicky Langan.
New episodes are uploaded every second Friday and for their newest episode, the 89th in the series, Ainle speaks to the actress, writer, playwright, and activist Margaretta D’Arcy. We hear about Margaretta’s continued protest against the US military’songoing use of Shannon airport, her experience of feminist resistance in prison, and how she is keeping occupied during lockdown.
Rebel Matters can be found on the podcast website, iTunes, Spotify, and anywhere where podcasts are usually found online.
Learn More: https://rebelmatters.ie / www.instagram.com/rebel_matters
This Hostel Life
This Hostel Life tells the stories of migrant women in a hidden Ireland. From a day in the life of women queuing for basic supplies in an Irish direct provision hostel to a young black woman’s depiction of everyday racism in Ireland, her nuanced writing shines a light on the injustice of the direct provision system and on the insidious racism experienced by migrant women living in Ireland. A third story, set in a Nigeria of the past, tells of a woman’s life destroyed by an ancient superstition and her fierce determination to carry on, a quality Okorie believes is universally shared by women. The collection includes a fascinating essay by Liam Thornton (UCD School of Law) explaining the Irish legal position in relation to asylum seekers and direct provision.
‘Melatu Uche Okorie has important things to say – and she does it quite brilliantly. Her language is arresting and inventive, and very entertaining.’
‘These fresh, devastating stories are compelling. Melatu Uche Okorie writes with uncomfortable clarity about things we think we already know. She takes us to places we might not want to go within ourselves and to worlds we haven’t seen before in Irish writing.’
Buy Now: https://skeinpress.com/product/this-hostel-life/
Okorie took part in Cuirt 2020. You can find last year’s event here: https://soundcloud.com/cuirtfestival/ireland-of-the-welcomes-new-communities-writing-home
The Bookseller: Raising Our A-Game by Aliya Gulamani
A blog about inclusivity for deaf people. Many Deaf people are natural storytellers, with a flair for creative thinking. And yet there are so few of us in publishing. As well-publicised research shows, just as people of colour are grossly underrepresented in this field, so too are disabled people, making up only 6.6% of the entire industry.
Read More: https://www.thebookseller.com/blogs/raising-our-game-1235368
Digital Forum by Theatre Forum
Theatre Forum’s Digital Forumtook place Thursday 4 and Friday 5 February. Zoom sessions will be captioned, recorded and available to view here this week: https://theatreforum.ie/
Following a tough and restrictive start to 2021, this online initiative aims to share digital thinking and resources to support everyone in the performing arts community through and beyond this crisis.
A programme of four sessions:
All things digital
Keynote and introduction to The Space by Fiona Morris. Opportunities and strategies conversation with Lyn Gardner, The Stage; Vicky Featherstone, The Royal Court; Neil Murray, Abbey Theatre; Fergus Sheil, Irish National Opera.
Developing on-line audiences with limited resources
Rob Lindsay, The Space presentation followed by Michael Barker-Caven in conversation with Maura O’Keeffe, Hannah Mullan, Sian Ní Mhuirí, and Peter Power.
Producing, filming and distributing long-form live content
Natalie Woolman, Magnus Dennison, Sarah Fortescue, Dom Kennedy from The Space in discussion with Fergus Hannigan, Abbey Theatre; Anne Clarke, Landmark Productions; and Diego Fasciati, Irish National Opera.
Rob Lindsay, The Space presentation followed by Heather Maitland in discussion with Mark O’Brien, axis Ballymun; Louise Donlon, Lime Tree Theatre; and Caroline Kennedy, Dublin Dance Festival.
A new national day to celebrate reading.
On Thursday 25 February we’re inviting people of all ages to get reading.
Why? Because taking some time for yourself to relax and do the things you enjoy (like reading) is important to help look after your mental wellbeing.
Take the pledge and see how many minutes people all over Ireland will be squeezing in to read on Thursday 25 February.
Ireland Reads is a public libraries initiative, in partnership with publishers, booksellers, authors and others under the Government’s ‘Keep Well’ campaign.
Learn More: https://www.irelandreads.ie/