Leaving the Troubles Behind: Images and Narratives from Northern Ireland Presented by Kathy Cain

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Monday, Oct 29, 2018, 7:30 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

With the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the people of Northern Ireland experienced the first real indication that the 30-year nightmare quaintly referred to as “The Troubles” might well be over. Twenty years later, murals adorning the walls of buildings throughout Belfast and Derry reflect both a militant past and a harmonious future. These images provide a vivid backdrop for tales of everyday life during the years of sectarian violence, tales that at once reflect painful memories and hopeful dreams. Through photographs and stories, we will explore the impact of civil strife on a resilient people, and the ways in which narratives and images can help to heal the wounds of war.

A native of North Andover, Kathy Cain has spent the last 35 years teaching literature and writing at Merrimack College—with one interruption, a year spent teaching in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


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