Fortnight is back

50 years after it was launched in 1970, an 80 page edition in a new format will be published on 25th September both in a printed version and free on line from our reinstated Fortnight website.

The issue will focus on some possible political and economic futures for Northern Ireland and how any changes might be debated and implemented. There will also be extended contributions on current cultural and arts developments in the North and some information for potential new readers and supporters on the past history and contribution of the magazine from its initial launch until publication was suspended in 2012. Our aim is to continue to publish issues digitally, and perhaps also in printed versions, from time to time on key political, economic, cultural and arts developments in the North.

If you wish to support this new start you can order an advance printed copy or register for further or continuing information on our new website. Advance orders for the new printed issue will be handled by No Alibis at 83 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JL as sole distributors. This will cost £10 for collection at the shop plus postage for those sent out to your address – the No Alibis website is noalibis.com.

Alternatively you can transfer advance payment to the Fortnight Publications Ltd account at the Ulster Bank (sort code 98-00-60 acc. no. 13078431) at a standard fee of £10 per copy. But for this option you must also send details of your name and address to us using the contact form on this website.

Contents

Futures

Richard HumphreysWhat do we talk of when we talk of a United Ireland?

Colin HarveyImagining a New Ireland

Tom HaddenPlus ça change …?

Hugh LogueA positive conversation

Politics

Feargal Cochrane ‘It’s a long way from Finchley’

Bobby McDonagh Evolving Irish attitudes

Jamie Pow Democracy with citizens’ assemblies

Katy Hayward Customs, consent and compromise

Identity

Paul Nolan The lives of Others

Claire Mitchell Divided politics, blended lives

Tamilore Awonusi Can I be more than a passing focus of attention in Ireland

Martyn Turner Nor’n Irish for ever

Law

Brice Dickson An on-going Bill of Rights?

Louise Mallinder What next in managing the past

Culture

Malachi O’Doherty A new normal

Andy Pollak Fortnight – a very short history

Arts

Damian Smyth Fortnight and 50 years of contested writing

Edna Longley Currency of poetry

Des O’Rawe Screen politics

Steafán Hanvey From a cool place

Covid Monologues

Gina Donnelly

Rose Curry

Alice Malseed

Anne Devlin

Jane McCarthy

Sarah Reid

Rosemary Jenkinson

Books

Mary RobinsonReviews Kevin Boyle biography

Malachi DohertyOn Troubles thrillers