Postcards From the Edge

About the project

‘Postcards from the Edge’ was a community engagement programme delivered during the COVID-19 lockdown with people from across Northern Ireland and border counties. Delivered as part of the Making the Future project and using collections from the Linen Hall Library, the programme encouraged sharing an exploration of memory and creative skills building.


Using the medium of postcards as a creative form of expression, the programme set out to encourage a sharing of thoughts and responses about issues from our collective past, and to create a series of new artworks.


Samantha McCombe delivered a history of postcards and collections in the Library, novelist Jan Carson produced a hands-on creative writing course and Professor Bill Rolston presented a history of murals and artworks. The programme was organised and led by Community Engagement Officer Lesley Cherry who also delivered visual art and collage based workshops, encouraging the group to develop their own bespoke postcards.


In producing their own work, participants captured feelings on lockdown, recalled past events and shared memories through the traditional format of sending postcards. They also had the chance to write a fictional or autobiographical story and to illustrate their stories through collage, text and materials found at home. The results are an amazing collection of creative outputs from real people experiencing a difficult time.


Although the group never met in person, the online programme had debate, laughter and a sense of community spirit where everyone felt comfortable to share issues of their past, present and future.


Skills were developed, friendships were made and this archive of creative responses exists as a memory of that extraordinary time.

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This programme was delivered by the Linen Hall Library, with support from the Nerve Centre, as part of the Making the Future project.

Programme Facilitator: Lesley Cherry

Guest Speakers: Samantha McCombe, Jan Carson, Bill Rolston

Participants: Aine Carson, Alexandra Barr, Allison Moore, Anna Gale, Bernard Murray-Gates, Bernie Kirrane, Bronagh McAtasmy, Helen Elder, Jenny Methven, Jim McCartney, Johanna Deaney, Margaret Mulgrave, Maureen Robinson, Melanie Bowden, Sharon McKibben, Briege McClean, Maureen Bunting, Rosella McCormick, Theresa Loftus

Funded by

Postcards From the Edge is a part of the Making the Future project supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). 

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