Peace in Ireland was not achieved when the Irish Free State came into being. Instead, the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1922 saw the start of the Irish civil war between the new nation’s provisional government and the Irish republican army.

On the 100th anniversary of the treaty and the Free State, our panel will discuss whether civil war was inevitable and how its impacts are still being felt to this day.

Joining the discussion will be author Jan Carson, whose latest book, The Raptures, is set during The Troubles, and Julieann Campbell, writer of On Bloody Sunday: A New History of the Day and its Aftermath by the People Who Were There.

About The Authors

Headshot of Author Jan Carson, a blond woman in a floral blouse stood in front of a wall of colourful graffiti

Jan Carson

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by a short-story collection, Children’s Children (2016), and two flash fiction anthologies, Postcard Stories (2017) and Postcard Stories 2 (2020). Her second novel, The Fire Starters (2019), won the EU Prize for Literature and was shortlisted for the Dalkey Novel of the Year Award. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She has won the Harper’s Bazaar short-story competition and has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize. Darkly funny, highly inventive and deeply moving, her latest novel The Raptures is an unmissable novel of 2022. Jan specializes in running arts projects and events with older people, especially those living with dementia.

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Julieann Campbell

An award-winning author, Julieann Campbell’s seventeen-year-old uncle, Jackie Duddy, was the first person to be killed on 30 January 1972. For more than a decade, Julieann has helped to document and archive the collective experiences of that day. A former Chair of the Bloody Sunday Trust, she also took on the role of family press officer a head of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in 2010.

She is a PhD Researcher at Ulster University’s School of Law exploring impact of post-conflict storytelling and is on the board of the Pat Finucane Centre for Human Rights.