The corridor no. 3 - Borders, Walking and Writing
For the third event of the ongoing The Corridor
event and exhibition programme, writers and walkers Evelyn
Conlon (Irish novelist and short story writer), Garrett
Carr (who has walked the whole Irish border for "The
Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border") and
Paul Scraton (long-time explorer of the former Berlin
Wall) will be discussing the importance of borders in
their explorations and writings with Marcel Krueger (the
Evelyn Conlon is the author of four novels, three collections
of short stories and is working on her fourth at the
moment. She has also edited four anthologies. Her collections
are My Head is Opening, Taking Scarlet as a Real Colour,
the title story of which was performed at Edinburgh
Theatre Festival and translated into several languages,
including Tamil, and Telling, New and Selected Stories.
It has been said of her work that it is "Defiantly
clear-sighted. Rigorously unsentimental. Time is man-handled.
There are quite simply no boring bits" -Independent
"In Disturbing Words, Evelyn Conlon writes of
a woman who has also left her family home on the Border
in the North: "Yes, I had gone away. First to Dublin,
where they couldn't stop hearing the headlines in my
accent, and then to further away, where it didn't matter."
"Home ground, broken ground, a place apart: .....
one of the The Glass Shore stories, in particular, has
a special resonance in relation to borders and borderlands,
lines drawn, ironies observed and symbols upheld. It
is Evelyn Conlon's idiosyncratic 'Disturbing Words',
which also contains pointed reflections on death and
emigration, locality and protest, all intriguingly intertwined.
It rivets the attention." Patricia Craig
In the wake of the EU referendum, the United Kingdom's
border with Ireland has gained greater significance:
it is set to become the frontier with the European Union.
Over the past year, Garrett Carr has travelled this
border, on foot and by canoe, to uncover a landscape
with a troubled past and an uncertain future. Across
this thinly populated line, travelling down hidden pathways
and among ancient monuments, Carr encounters a variety
of characters who live on the frontier. He reveals the
turbulent history of this landscape and changes the
way we look at nationhood, land and power. The book
incorporates Carr's own maps and photographs.
'It is Garrett Carr's contention that Ireland is more
divided than any of us suspected - not in two but in
three: north, south and borderland. The third state
is opened up in this marvellous book.' Daily Telegraph
'Garrett Carr engages a mapmaker's eye and a writer's
sensibility to create a great book.' Irish Times.
Paul Scraton was born in Lancashire and has lived in
Berlin since 2001. A writer with a particular interest
in landscape, memory and place, he is the editor-in-chief
of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place and the author of The
Idea of a River: Walking out of Berlin (Readux, 2015)
and Ghosts on the Shore: Travels along Germany's Baltic
Coast (Influx, 2017). You can find out more about Paul
on his website, where you can also read some of his
continuing adventures beyond the front door, whether
in the city, the country or the edgelands in between:
Marcel Krueger is a writer, translator, and editor living
in Dundalk and mainly writes non-fiction about places,
their history, and the journeys in between. He also
works as the book editor of the Elsewhere Journal, and
his articles and essays have been published in the Daily
Telegraph, the Guardian, Slow Travel Berlin, the Matador
Network, and CNN Travel, amongst others. He has translated
Wolfgang Borchert and Jörg Fauser into English,
and his latest book, 'Babushka's Journey: The Dark Road
to Stalin's Wartime Camps' will be published by I.B.
Tauris in December 2017.