Correspondences Anthology Cover
Edited by Stephen Rea and Jessica Traynor



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CORRESPONDENCES: an anthology to call for an end to direct provision

 Edited by Stephen Rea and Jessica Traynor

 ‘My story is a hidden one, you cannot see it written on my face as I walk on the streets.’

Correspondences is an anthology that pairs writers, photographers and visual artists in the direct provision system in Ireland with Irish artists and writers.

The stories, poems, images and essays you’ll find here reflect the desperation that leads to migration, the hope carried through war and devastation, and the meaningful parallels between the Irish experience of famine and emigration and the experience of asylum seekers in Ireland today.

These are stories of frustration, anger, fear, but also of love; the deep love that leads parents, siblings, and partners to seek ‘another Ithaca’ in Ireland.

‘She wanted to give us the open sky and unfolded sea.’


‘Urgent and vital and with a fantastic array of voices – if you buy no other book this year, buy this one.’Kevin Barry, author

‘An eclectic and often electrifying collection of stories, poetry, and photography, Correspondences is both a damning indictment of direct provision and a powerful piece of art in its own right. It is a thing of great beauty.’Louise O’Neill, author

‘When choice is taken away, life becomes trite. The voices of the writers in Correspondences soar in rebellion.’ Melatu Uchenna Okorie, author

‘A searing, tender, necessary collection that transforms the personal into the political. This book sings a song of equality and tolerance, showcasing work that is unsettling and powerful with a vital sense of humanity at its core.’Sinéad Gleeson, author

‘Since I left home at the age of 17, I’ve been conscious of finding a home and later when I had children the overwhelming need to find a safe place for them. These stories, poems, and photography echo this.’ — Mary Coughlan, singer

Featuring work by:

Bulelani Mfaco | Mimmie Malaba | Paula Meehan | Dr Natasha Remoundou | Adam Wyeth | Heidar Al-Hashimi | Sarah Clancy | Dr Angela Byrne | Marwa Zamir | Claire Hennessy | Donatien Francis | Christodoulos Makris | Evgeny Shtorn | Annemarie Ní Churreáin | Emilie Pine | Hina Khan | Stephen Sexton | Batur Nadir | Eileen Casey | Insaf Yalcinkaya | Katie Donovan | Nngcobo Bongamahlub | Elaine Feeney | Donnah Vuma | Arnold Thomas Fanning | Vukašin Nedeljković | Dave Lordan | Cónal Thomas | Owodunni Mustapha | Jane Clarke | Deborah Oniah Blankson | Theo Dorgan | Rehan Ali | Ian Maleney | Catherine Young | Nokukhanya Dlamini | Jessica Traynor


MASI is an independent platform for asylum seekers to join together in unity and purpose.  The collective seeks justice, freedom and dignity for all asylum seekers.

More information is available here.