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TALK

Work and Employment for Irish in Britain 

DATE: 31st May 2024
TIME: 5.30pm - 7.00pm
WHERE: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
COST: €5.00

An event in association with our landmark exhibition “Look Back to Look Forward: 50 Years of the Irish in Britain.”

We are honoured to screen John Fleming and Mark Stewart’s documentary film “Guests of Another Nation” which follows the lived experiences of Irish emigrants living in Britain in the 1980s. Join us for a glimpse into the working lives of Irish emigrants during that decade and hear from them firsthand during this evening of reflection, which is still very timely today.

Guests of Another Nation follows the lives of some young Irish people in London over the course of a dark, wintery day in December 1987. It includes revealing interviews with a nurse, builders, the Camden Irish Centre priest and Cathal Coughlan (the late musician with Microdisney). The film is 27 mins long and is a social time capsule which captures the downbeat tone of a difficult period of economic emigration from Ireland.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with John Fleming (director, Irish Times journalist, author and musician. Fleming’s acclaimed novel The Now Now Express is a fictional take on the same 1980s London-Irish diaspora from a Dublin perspective and mines many of the classic themes of dislocation, unease and identity loss. It is the core text from which The Prongs draw their perceptive and edgy tunes.

Fleming will link the film, book and music as a prism through which to present his personal experience and insight into the era.

Date: May 31, 17.30
Location: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Price: €5.00