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"Breaking Borders"

Encountering Belfast City through the minds of some of its most imaginative and creative observers.

Jan Carson, Wendy Erskine and Shannon Yee will discuss Belfast, Brexit and Borders. Join us for readings and interview with Deirdre O’Shaughnessy is editor and co-presenter of Cork’s leading daily talk show, the 96fm Opinion Line.



Breaking Borders

Date :

Sunday, 27th October.


2:00pm  -  3:15pm


St Patricks Gateway Centre

Admission & Booking:


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Jan Carson

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in East Belfast. She has a novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears and short story collection, Children’s Children, (Liberties Press), a micro-fiction collection, Postcard Stories (Emma Press). Her novel The Fire Starters was published by Doubleday in April 2019.


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Wendy Erskine

Wendy Erskine lives in Belfast where she works full-time as a teacher in a secondary school. Her debut collection of short stories, Sweet Home, published by The Stinging Fly Press in September 2018, was published by Picador in June 2019.  Her writing has appeared in Winter Papers, Female Lines (New Island) and Being Various (Faber and Faber).  It has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and RTE Radio 1.  


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Deirdre O'Shaughnessy

Deirdre O'Shaughnessy is a journalist and broadcaster. As well as producing Cork's biggest daily talk show, The Opinion Line and hosting events, she writes for the Herald and the Sunday Business Post and appears regularly on RTE Today. She's an avid reader and shares what she's reading with followers on Deshocks.com and her social media channels. 


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Shannon Yee

Shannon Yee (Sickels) is an award-winning playwright and producer. Her perspectives as an immigrant, ethnic minority, queer artist-parent with a disability living in NI are deeply embedded in her work. 

Shannon has been fortunate to receive a number of awards and grants for her work. Most notably, her Reassembled, Slightly Askew uses binaural sonic arts technology to immerse audiences in her autobiographical experience of nearly dying and subsequent acquired brain injury. Reassembled… has received numerous accolades and has toured internationally since 2015 (www.reassembled.co.uk) across Northern Ireland, England, Canada, England, as well as Dublin and Hong Kong. It has been used in medical training, most recently, in New York City’s Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital. 

Shannon is increasingly employing new technology in her work to challenge preconceptions of the arts’ relevance and impact. She was a 2017/18 Arts Council NI Major Individual Artist Awardee for her project, Starf*cker, which grapples with astronomy, popular culture, social media and video projection mapping to tell a story of two stars’ descent into supernova.  

Shannon is also an LGBTQ+ activist; in 2005 her and her partner were the 1st public civil partnership in the UK. They are currently taking legal action to bring same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland.


The Brightening Up Side is Shannon’s first published short story.