West Belfast Youth Talks Back … but mostly to itself #openuptheconversation #youthtalksback

Yvette Shapiro introduced this year’s panel to an audience of 30 or so youth and another 30 less youthful in Whiterock Leisure Centre: Cllr Steven Corr (SF), Julie-Anne Corr (PUP), Anna Lo MLA (Alliance) and Sean Connolly (applied psychologist). She reminded the audience that the young people from West Belfast’s Upper Springfield Development Trust Participation Group had identified education, racism and apathy as local concerns. The sound in the hall was variable and the recordings are hissy (despite my attempts …

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1994 Ceasefire declaration recollections at Féile … perhaps next year will answer “Why did the IRA call the ceasefire?”

Twenty years on the from the IRA and loyalist ceasefires, three journalists came together to reflect on the lead up to the summer of 1994 and the following 18 months. Brian Rowan, Eamonn Mallie and Charlie Bird (RTE’s contact with the IRA) recounted their memories of the emerging and fragile peace in an event organised as part of Féile an Phobail. “Sometimes when you’re living through history you don’t see it.” (Charlie Bird) It was a great opportunity for notes …

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Iain Overton: human rights and hubris #feile2014 @amnestyni

Iain Overton delivered this year’s annual investigative journalism and human rights lecture at lunchtime today as part of Féile an Phobail. It may also have been the first [Ed – and last?] annual honest-about-hubris lecture. But more about that later. In a change of format away from Amnesty’s previous panels of local journalists, Iain began his solo lecture [MP3] by outlining his circuitous route through two degrees and a spell in British Airways before entering into journalism. Exposing corruption and …

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Some political highlights from Féile an Phobail (31 July to 10 August)

Féile an Phobail is now underway, running until 10 August. Amongst the myriad of events – many of them free – in the 100 page programme, here’s a few politically-relevant ones. Thursday 31 July On the Journey to Peace and Reconciliation at 8pm in St Mary’s University College // Colin Parry’s 12 year old son was killed when an IRA bomb exploded in Warrington in 1993. He’ll be sharing his journey along with deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Friday 1 …

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Roy Greenslade on hacking, Leveson, Murdoch, the local press and dissidents

After a break of a decade, Roy Greenslade was back talking at Féile an Phobail on Thursday lunchtime, lecturing in the Falls Road library about the built up to and impact of the Leveson Inquiry. Mark Simpson introduced the journalist, ex-editor, commentator, academic and wearer of braces who has written for every national paper in London and who splits his time between Donegal and Brighton. He spoke for around 35 minutes before taking questions from an audience seeded with characters …

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West Belfast Talks Back: Gorgeous George and Gregory didn’t fall out over comments belittling the Robinsons

audience not in support of Quinn at West Belfast Talks Back

West Belfast Talks Back – George Galloway talks about Féile an Phobail’s annual West Belfast Talks Back event returned to St Louise’s College on the Falls Road this evening. A panel of George Galloway, Gregory Campbell, Ruth Dudley Edwards and Gerry Kelly. Yvette Shapiro chaired. Next year the organisers should issue her with a fog horn to drown out members of the audience who want to deliver lectures rather than ask precise questions. Impersonator John McBlain provided the warm up …

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journalist ≠ campaigner?

There was an interesting – though overly lengthy* – session on Human Rights and Journalism in St Mary’s College at lunchtime today as part of this year’s Féile an Phobail. A panel of Mandy McAuley (BBC Spotlight), Steven McCaffery (Deputy Editor PA The Detail) and Chris Moore (the Detail UTV) was chaired by Amnesty NI’s Patrick Corrigan. While human rights were on the edge of much of the discussion it was rarely the central point. As well as talk about …

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