On Friday,13th January, Narrative 4 hosted a Limerick celebration of James Joyce's "The Dead" at 58 O'Connell St., with readings by six N4 Ireland student ambassadors and co-founder Colum McCann to a full house of seventy audience members. The reading featured excerpts of the novella-length story and was streamed live via Facebook Live.
N4 Ireland Regional Director James Lawlor stated, "We started to run programming in October and we've been warmly welcomed by Limerick students, teachers, and the entire community. It was wonderful to start the new year off by bringing everyone together and we are thrilled by the turnout." Both new and familiar faces were in attendance. Community members new to N4 mingled with N4 board members, supporters, instructors, and students.
Nigel Dugdale of the Limerick Leader talked to Colum about N4's history and future. Colum spoke of the organization's international work in Mexico, Israel, and South Africa and how N4 fits within Limerick's exciting transformation: "It feels like the time has come for Limerick. It's vibrant and edgy and new, and I feel aligned with the city. The city has a story to tell the world." James agreed, "Here at 58 O'Connell, we want to establish N4 as a community and cultural center that youth across Ireland can really embrace and make their own. A love of storytelling, literature, and the arts can transform and empower youth to make positive social change."
Narrative 4 aims to builds a community of empathic global citizens who improve the world through the exchange of personal narratives. We believe language and literature are essential tools for creating a better society. Our core methodology centers around a story exchange, which pairs participants and asks each participant to their partner’s story in the first-person.
Narrative 4 is part sponsored by Limerick City and County Council