The Belfast Agreement: Twentieth Anniversary Issue

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  • Michael Longley on “Songs for Dead Children”
  • Essays on The Good Friday Agreement by

Paul Arthur, Patricia Craig, Monica McWilliams, Paul Arthur, John Gray, John Wilson Foster, Edna Longley, Iggy McGovern, Gerard McCarthy, David Park, Jean Bleakney, Carlo Gébler, Anne Devlin, Brice Dickson, Robert McDowell, Ed Moloney, Mathew O’Toole, Jason Gathorne-Hardy, Andy Pollak & Glenn Patterson

  • Roy Foster and Nigel Lewis on Europe’s Tectonic Plates 
  • Poems by Tom Mac Intyre, Moya Cannon, Ruth Carr, Harry Clifton, Kerry Hardie, Gerard Smyth & Ciarán O’Rourke 
  • Philip Knox, Jennifer Kerr, Stephen Dornan, Stephen Elliott & Noel Russell on the youthful aftermath of the Agreement 
  • Chris Agee’s “Weather Report: Good Friday Week, 1998”
  • Evelyn Conlon, Matt Kirkham, Peter Geoghegan, 
    Natasha Cuddington & Frances Byrne on boundaries, borders & maps
  • Manfred McDowell on the secrets of 64 Myrtlefield Park
  • Art Hughes in praise of Belfast and its writers
  • PLUS: “Writers of Belfast”:
    A remarkable portfolio of paintings by Neil Shawcross

 

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“This is how hard it is for at least some of the politicians on both sides of the sectarian divide. The violence was local, intimate, not international. The killer lives, not in a distant country, but in a neighbouring village or street. Revenge is instinctive, peace-making counter-intuitive. In the Iliad, incensed by the fact that Hector had killed Achilles’ friend Patroclus, Achilles has disrespected and defiled his victim’s body by dragging it by the heels behind his chariot below the walls of Troy. Priam comes to Achilles to ask him for Hector’s body, so that it can be given a proper burial. Achilles, overcome with compassion, accedes to the request, has the body washed and laid out in uniform… There is no question but that, in his encounter with the conqueror, the hero, Achilles, it is Priam who is the greater human being. This moment in the Iliad might even represent a genuine leap in human consciousness.”

from “On the Nobility of Compromise,” by Moya Cannon