Sunday, July 16, 2023

Ciara Kelly, Ricky Gervais and Nick Laird

This clip from NewstalkFM from 14 July has gone viral, with almost 1 million views on Twitter alone. What does liberty look like in our international, multinational, some might say postnational and increasingly borderless, digital, era? It looks something like this from Ciara Kelly - a liberty which transcends  'nationality'. This piece includes a prescient warning from the poet and writer Nick Laird (who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago for a BBC radio programme he was working on) about the danger of identity politics – "the rest of the world has turned into Northern Ireland".