Britain & Ireland: Lives Entwined is a fifth-volume series of essays exploring the complex web of relations that exist between Britain and Ireland.

The latest edition, Lives Entwined V, will focus on the theme of ‘shifting borders, shifting identities’ and is made up of a collection of 10 essays reflecting on the current context of change and flux on the islands.

It offers contemporary, authentic and sometimes challenging perspectives from a range of voices drawn from politics, journalism, arts and academia and includes former Deputy Leader of NI21 - John McCallister, Journalist Susan McKay, Writer Glenn Patterson, Historian Diarmaid Ferriter, Artist and Activist Grace Dyas, Playwright Shannon Sickels (Yee), ex-MLA Conall McDevitt, Senator Ian Marshall, British Council's Kate Ewart-Biggs and Poet Pádraig Ó Tuama.

Listen to Pádraig Ó Tuama's - 'There is no such thing as the future'

Celebrating the launch of "Lives Entwined V"

On 15 July 2020 British Council in partnership with Department of Foreign Affairs Ireland hosted a panel discussion event to mark the publication of the fifth volume of “Britain and Ireland: Lives Entwined”. Participants drew on a selection of the perspectives shared in the book. Using its overarching theme “Shifting Borders, Shifting Identities”, the event offered an opportunity to reflect on the relationship at this particular moment.

Welcome note:

  • Niall Burgess, Secretary General Dept Foreign Affairs Ireland.

Panel Chair:

  • Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO The British Council


  • Grace Dyas, artist and activist

  • Ian Marshall, business development manager and former senator

  • Pádraig Ó Tuama, poet and theologian

  • Shannon Yee (Sickels), playwright and producer

Listen to the audio recording of the discussion:


Read each essay separately here.

We commissioned these essays following the 2004 report, Through Irish Eyes which examined changing attitudes towards the UK among young Irish people. Previous four publications in the series can be downloaded below.

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