Deadline: 6 Apr 2018
The Editors of Irish Pages – Chris Agee, Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Kathleen Jamie and Meg Bateman – will be assembling in March a new issue of the journal, entitled “The Belfast Agreement: Twentieth Anniversary Issue.” It will consist of notable literary writers and scholars commenting on the achievement of the Agreement itself as well as offering their views, feelings and experience of it over the past twenty years, including the present moment. The issue will be compiled through a mixture of invitation and public announcement, and it is envisaged that most of the contributors will be from the North, or Northern-based. A certain number, however, may be from outside Northern Ireland — whether the Republic, Great Britain or North America — but these would be writers whose work in the past has demonstrated a real interest in, and engagement with, this polity. Most of the writing will be non-fiction, but a small amount of poetry, memoir and fiction directly relevant to the theme may be included. A word-limit of 2500 (about 4-5 pages of the journal) will be requested for non-fiction pieces that will be due by the first week of April — after which we will go to press immediately. Submissions are welcome and can be emailed to
Most of the contributors will be writers with some literary or scholarly track-record, evinced by publication history and critical response. There will be no politicians included, and only a number of journalists with book publication. A major consideration will be careful balance: by genre of writer, gender, age, background, outlook, county and so forth. But finally, as always with Irish Pages, “the sole criteria for inclusion in the journal are the distinction of the writing and the integrity of the individual voice.” As such, given the expected range of the contributors, it is impossible to say what will be said — except that the whole issue is likely to be a cultural event of high contemporaneous relevance to the North, to the whole of Ireland, and to Great Britain in the throes of Brexit.