Borders

I have always thought of land borders as permanent entities, that they don’t move, in the same way as lakes or mountains. But instead I’m beginning to see them more like stories that we all tell and retell each other til we render them infallible. The border separating Ireland and Northern Ireland was not something that ever seemed possible to even discuss, so politically charged and sensitive a topic. But in the last few years and with conversations surrounding Brexit and the potential fallout from a dismantled United Kingdom, other things, other stories, seem chaotically possible. Being here in Korea and trying to understand its complex relationship with its northern counterpart has got me thinking about ideas of borders and divisions within nations, and how we define ourselves by what we are not. Here's a podcast from BBC Radio 4, an interview with an author Garret Carr who spent 2017 walking along the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  

He asks "can a border also be a place, not just a divider, but a place where people can meet, can it be a place rather than a void?"