4 Nov, w/ Claire Keegan, Singapore Writers Festival

Between Brexit and the Deep Blue Sea: Being Irish in a Divided Europe

Panel Discussions

DATE / TIME: 4 Nov, Sat 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

VENUE: National Gallery Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

The future will see Ireland geographically separated from the rest of the European Union by a post-Brexit Britain. Meanwhile, the refugee crisis and various causes of socio-political unrest continue to put pressure on an increasingly divided Europe. Where do the Irish see themselves in this volatile landscape? Two fiction writers and one performance poet discuss the impact of such upheavals on their writing, and how issues of migration, asylum and integration seep into their works.

I will be alongside:

Cat Brogan


Cat Brogan won the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam, featured on Radio 4 and Ireland’s RTE. She holds a master’s in creative writing and education from Goldsmiths and was a full-time spoken word educator in London. Cat received Arts Council England and British Council grants to research spoken word education in Kuala Lumpur. She has presented her work at academic conferences, published in a journal, and has a TEDx Talk. From Northern Ireland, she has performed in 17 countries.

Claire Keegan


Irish short story writer Claire Keegan has published the collections Antarctica (1999) and Walk the Blue Fields (2007), as well as the story ‘Foster’ as a standalone book (2010). She has been translated into 15 languages and won numerous awards. Walk the Blue Fields won the Edge Hill Prize in 2008, awarded to the strongest collection published in the British Isles, while ‘Foster’ won the 2009 Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award, then the world’s richest prize for a single story.