Book Launch: Correspondences: An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision

Edited by Jessica Traynor and Stephen Rea BOOKED OUT

Saturday 16 November

Time: 5.45pm – 7.00pm

Venue: Winter Garden, Smock Alley Theatre

Free entry, Booking advised


Join Stephen Rea, Jessica Traynor and Bulelani Mfaco of MASI – the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, along with a host of readers and performers, to celebrate the launch of this very special anthology which calls for an end to direct provision.

As we approach 20 years of direct provision in Ireland, this anthology gathers together writing, photography and visual art by those in direct provision and seeks to create new correspondences between these artists and Irish writers.

Those featured include Evgeny Shtorn, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Stephen Sexton, Hina Khan, Heidar Al-Hashimi, Dr Angela Byrne, Bulelani Mfaco, Emilie Pine, Donnah Vuma, Arnold Thomas Fanning, Insaf Yalcinkaya, Katie Donovan, Mimmie Malaba, Paula Meehan, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, and many more.

All proceeds from book sales go to MASI. 




Jessica Traynor’s debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the 2015 Strong/Shine Award. In 2016, it was named one of the best poetry debuts of the past five years on She’s currently under commission by BBC, and also by Music for Galway to write an opera with composer Elaine Agnew for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. A choral song cycle, ‘An Island Sings’, was commissioned by Poetry Ireland and Chamber Choir Ireland and was performed in the National Concert Hall in March 2019. Her second collection, ‘The Quick’, was published in 2018.

In 2019, she edited ‘Correspondences: An anthology to call for an end to direct provision’ with actor Stephen Rea, bringing together artists and writers in direct provision with Irish writers. Correspondences will launch at the Dublin Book Festival in 2019. She is the 2020 Carlow Writer in Residence, and is the recipient of the 2020 Banagher Public Art Commission.

Stephen Rea  is one of the foremost actors of his generation, coming to worldwide attention when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game in 1992. Rea has enjoyed acclaim on Irish and international stages.

His illustrious theatrical career spans decades with memorable moments including; establishing the ground-breaking Field Day Theatre Company with Brian Friel in the 1980s; collaborations with Sam Shephard which saw him star in Sam’s directorial début of his play Geography of a Horse Dreamer in 1974 and Rea’s appearances in Kicking a Dead Horse and Ages of the Moon both at the Abbey and in New York; his unforgettable performance in Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk (Landmark Productions & Galway International Arts Festival) and most recently, international critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic for his performance in Cyprus Avenue (Abbey Theatre & Royal Court Theatre production) which enjoyed a lengthy run in New York last year and the Royal Court in London earlier this year.

This career has taken place in tandem with his award winning film and television career. Nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Fergus in The Crying Game, his many film credits include Breakfast on Pluto, Michael Collins, V for Vendetta, The End of the Affair, Black ’47. On TV Stephen won critical acclaim for his performance in The Honourable Woman, which also garnered him a BAFTA award.