The Xborders: Accord writing project, which began back in January, is coming full circle this evening at a showcase in the Irish Writers Centre. Some wonderful writers, including myself, will take to the podium to share the work that this project has inspired - I will be reading an excerpt from my short story, 'Compost.' My piece was inspired by our first session in the Irish Writers Centre in January, when Professor David Landy gave a lecture on the erosion of Palestinian-occupied land in Israel. Professor Landy's talk urged me to consider the many foundations we construct around ourselves, and the deep emotional impact when things that seem certain and immutable suddenly and unexpectedly fall away.
The project, which is sponsored and supported by the Irish Writers Centre, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Lotto, took us from Dublin to Derry/Londonderry to Belfast and back again, and opened up many interesting questions about the borders that exist between and around us. I'm very grateful to be able to share my work this evening, to hear the work of the other writers, and to see how all of our disparate voices accord.
RM Clarke is a writer and voice-over artist. She has written for various literary mags and anthologies and won awards. She has put her voice to most things she can think of.