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Thursday 5 December 2019

Launch night for the corridor

The latest publication by the Dundalk based arts collective The Corridor in collaboration with the XBorders project of the Arts Council NI and the Irish Writers' Centre, will be launched in Roe River Books, Park Street on Saturday night March 30.

This publication contains contributions by writers from all over Ireland and including essayists, playwrights and fiction writers, as well as images by Dundalk photographer Ciaran Dunbar.

'Our aim is to reflect on the meaning of borders and how literature and art can help to overcome these - in the widest sense,' says German-born writer Marcel Krueger who is the brains behind the project with his wife, curator Anne Mager.

The couple, who live in Dundalk, have organised a number of events through the corridor including talks, concerts and publications.

Joining them for the launch night are XBorders writers Csilla Toldy, Barbara Lovri, Jane Robinson and photographer Ciarán Dunbar.

Csilla Toldy escaped socialist Hungary at the age of eighteen. After an odyssey in Europe she settled and worked as a translator in Germany. In 1996, she moved to the UK with a writer's visa to work on films, winning prizes for her script. Csilla moved to Northern-Ireland in 1998 and she now lives in Rostrevor. "The Bloom Mystery" her documentary researching the Hungarian origins of Leopold Bloom in Joyce's Ulysses was screened internationally. Her short play "Dear Mr Joyce" was performed during the Bloomsday Festival at the Irish Writers' Centre in Dublin in 2017. Csilla's poetry and short fiction appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies.

Barbara Lovri, immigrated from America nearly twenty years ago, and now lives with her family in Co Kerry. A participant in the first X-Borders, she is an Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair winner and has been listed for numerous awards.

Jane Robinson is a writer and biologist whose poems have won the Strokestown International Poetry Prize and other awards. She lives in Dublin and has work in recent issues of Poetry Ireland Review, Coast to Coast to Coast, Banshee, Skylight 47 and The North. Her début collection, shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award, is Journey to the Sleeping Whale, Salmon Poetry, 2018.

Ciarán Dunbar was born in 1982 in Dundalk, where he currently lives and works. He gained a BA in Photography from the University of Ulster in 2013. Having escaped The Troubles in the 1980's, Ciaran's parents, originally from the north of Ireland, settled in Dundalk. It is here, against the backdrop of this border town, that issues of identity, displacement and belonging have become the focus of Ciaran's work to date. The publication features images from 'Diesel', which traces the illegal dumping of toxic waste material, commonly referred to as 'sludge', by diesel launderers at sites along the Irish border between Counties Louth, Armagh and Down.

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