East Belfast Speaks Out:

In something of a compliment to the West Belfast Festival’s groundbreaking West Belfast Talks Back debate series, the other side of the city has finally got its act together and is bringing a cross community panel together at Ashfield Boys School on Wednesday 30th September and it runs between 7.30 and 9.00 p.m.

Panelists are: Laurence Robertson MP (Shadow Minister for NI, UCUNF); Jeffrey Donaldson MP MLA (DUP); Naomi Long, Belfast Lord Mayor and MLA (Alliance); Gerry Kelly MLA (Sinn Féin); Patrick Corrigan (Programme Director, Amnesty International). The theme for questions from the floor is “Facing up to the future”

The event will be publicised chiefly throughout East Belfast communities and sixth forms. For more details contact James Smyth: james.smyth@nispeaksout.org.uk

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty