Thank you to all our subscribers for your support this year. We hope you have a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the exciting new content we will be posting in the run up to Lacuna’s launch in February 2014!
In the meantime, please check out this fantastic video from the Open Society Foundations, first published in March 2013.
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The film “Philomena”, starring Steve Coogan and Dame Judi Dench, has received rave reviews for it’s portrayal of the relationship between the journalist Martin Sixsmith and Philomena Lee, a woman whose son was taken from her by the Catholic Church when she was an unmarried teenager and sold to adoptive parents in America. A chance encounter at a New Year’s Eve party led to Sixsmith travelling with Philomena, first to Ireland and then America in order to find out what happened to her son. In doing so Sixsmith uncovered systemic abuses of power perpetuated by the Catholic Church in the 1950’s against unmarried mothers and their children. Sixsmith’s moving first person account of the story is available here, although those who have yet to see the film should be warned that it contains spoilers.
The UK release of Philomena coincides with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties appearing before the UNHCR to appeal for an independent investigation into conditions at the Magdalene Laundries, institutions run by religious authorities where women who were deemed to be “fallen” were incarcerated indefinitely. The first edition of LACUNA, which will be published in February 2014, will feature writings on of the role of protest in uncovering the treatment of women and children in the laundries. To ensure that you don’t miss out on this or any other content, subscribe to our mailing list, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Andrew T Williams, winner of the Orwell Prize 2013 for his book “A Very British Killing” has been announced as editor-in-chief of “LACUNA”. Andrew has a special interest in writing on issues of international justice. His personal blog focuses on the institutional response (or lack thereof) to the death of Baha Mousa at the hands of British forces in Iraq. His most recent piece for the Guardian can be accessed here and describes Andrew’s motivation for writing “A Very British Killing”. Andrew is currently in the process of planning the first edition of “In Justice”: sign up to our mailing list to receive updates on progress.