In the Irish language, the phrase Bualadh Bos is used to express applause. On Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March 2018, the Irish Writers Centre, Poetry Ireland and the Consulate General of Ireland are delighted to present some of Ireland’s finest contemporary writers in historic Boston, the capital of Irish America, in conversation with local champions of the Boston arts world for novel insights into Irish literature today.
Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen speaks to historian Alvin Jackson about Judging Redmond and Carson: Comparative Irish Lives, his new book about John Redmond and Edward Carson, who were perhaps the most famous Irishmen in Britain, and in the United Kingdom parliament, at the beginning of the 20th century. Both were key protagonists of the bitter conflict over Irish Home Rule in the years before 1914, and as such, they were readily viewed together by contemporaries. But, with partition, independence, and the widening of the fissure between nationalism and unionism, this linkage was broken. Using the evidence of their two careers, Jackson’s book comments more generally on the functioning of multi-national union states in early 20th century Europe.