'Postcard from the Future- Northern Ireland' by Paul McVeigh
50 years from now, what will the UK look like? Four respected wordsmiths wrote and performed monologues for us from the perspective of a post Brexit Britain in 2069. Check out the other Postcards from the Future for England, Wales,and Scotland.
The full performance will be available here on Wednesday 3rd April.
Award-winning novelist, playwright and short storywriter, Paul McVeigh, imagines a future where Northern Ireland, a place defined by borders, even within its cities. With four counties out of a six county state voting Remain and a ruling party that was pro Leave, Brexit was the final straw for a people kept stuck within boundaries and tribalism by its politicians, who regularly ignored their rights and votes. In Paul's imagined future Northern Ireland's forward thinking people look back at the whole idea of nationalism as a barely-believable thing of the past.
Paul's debut novel The Good Son won the Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award and was shortlisted for many others including the Prix du Roman Cezam in France. Paul also writes for The Irish Times and his work has been translated into seven languages.
Paul began his writing career as a playwright in Belfast before moving to London to write comedy. His shows toured the UK and Ireland including the Edinburgh Festival and London's West End. Pauls short stories have been read on BBC Radio 3, 4 and 5 and have appeared in many anthologies and literary journals. He is Associate Director of Word Factory 'the UK's national organisation for excellence in the short story' The Guardian, and he co-founded the London Short Story Festival.