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Éist’s flagship program applies the lessons of visionary science fiction writer Octavia Butler’s work to the context of Belfast, Northern Ireland—a place that is currently facing a governmental impasse and where civil society continues to struggle with how to adequately deal with the legacy of the political conflict known as “the Troubles.” As we approach the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, the looming impact of Brexit threatens to destabilize the region and interfere with the integrity of the peace deal.

Our project, “Rewriting the Future: Visionary Fiction, Storytelling, & Social Justice in Belfast,” develops the use of visionary fiction as a tool to build peace and spark creative engagement with the future in post-conflict communities. Through a series of restorative narrative writing workshops and a public reading event, participants will use fantasy as a way to envision the future and imagine new paths to creating just futures. Our storytelling laboratories will create space for those who have been marginalized to take control of the narrative of progress in their communities.

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The Project

  • Open workshops geared towards communities impacted by the political conflict
  • Youth-only workshop
  • Public reading event where participants share raw versions of their work
  • Potential seminar at Queens University Belfast on visionary fiction as a tool for transitional justice

Benefits and Future Opportunities

  • Free admission for all participants
  • Opportunity to be linked with writing coaches who will assist in the development of participants’ future stories
  • Belfast sessions the 1st of many throughout Ireland
  • Future anthology of Irish post-conflict visionary fiction featuring stories conceived & nurtured as a result of our workshops
  • Goal of developing & disseminating a visionary fiction toolkit for use in organizing creative writing workshops in post-conflict communities around the world

Help Éist create new worlds in Belfast by making a donation today and sharing our project information with friends and family.

For more information about our program and how you can help, or to receive a copy of our promotional deck, please email kate@eistworks.org.