Issue 481 of the new FORTNIGHT@50 will be published during April in both on-line and printed versions. 

The main focus will be on the problems and side-effects of the Northern Ireland Protocol with contributions by Rory Montgomery, Edgar Morgenroth and Bernard Conlon. 

There will be political coverage of the response from Loyalists by Aaron Edwards, the need for Unionist bridge-building by Jamie Pow and more general contributions on uncertainties and angst in the wider unionist community. In the arts pages Rosemary Jenkinson looks for a Protestant Heaney, along with prose and poetry from new writers. 

Issue contents

Politics

Rory Montgomery Protocol problems for both parts of Ireland: North and South Bernard Conlon Britain, Ireland and Europe: Vacillating and vitriol over vaccines Edgar Morgenroth NI Protocol, a view from Dublin Andy Pollak Why I don’t believe in Border Polls Aaron Edwards Leaders and followers in Ulster Unionism Jamie Pow The bridges unionists need to build Connal Parr The SDLP at 50

Economics

Graham Brownlow Hard heads, soft hearts and solid institutions Emer Smyth and Robert Morgan Generational unfairness & COVID-19: All in this together?

Society/Culture

Claire Mitchell Thank you NHS (sorry about the PPE) Paul Nolan Did you say kneecapping? Marcus Leroux The annals of Tayto Island Malachi O’Doherty Northern humour Cian O’Neill False flags, falso dawns and claptocrats: The London Letter

Arts

Rosemary Jenkinson On the eve of the Centenary where is the Protestant Heaney? Michelle Gallen Factory girls – an extract

Poetry

Bebe Ashley Scott McKendry Raquel McKee Nandipha Jola Andrew Sturrock

Books/Reviews

Feargal Cochrane Alexis Forss