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Writing as survival
in The Northern Ireland Troubles in Britain
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This chapter examines the writing of Over the Water (first published in 1987) as a process of exploration, commemoration and resistance. It considers the narratives of a second generation Irish teenager and her mother, each constrained by the context of Britain’s occupation of Ireland and resultant attacks on the civil liberties of Irish people in Britain. Noting the importance of second wave feminism and the development of women’s presses in generating resistance to these constraints, it also considers the empowering role of the Irish in Britain Representation Group (IBRG). It celebrates the writing of fiction as a process of surviving and thriving, using the transformative power of language to imagine new spaces of resistance and hope.

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The Northern Ireland Troubles in Britain

Impacts, engagements, legacies and memories


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