A series of 12 brand new commissioned short stories on the theme of independence, an RTÉ Radio 1 contribution to the Decade of Centenaries.
'St Alban's Drive' by Danielle Mclaughlin
Read by Marty Rea. A story of personal grief and loss, of negotiating different familial views, and the levels of independence offered to those who come to Ireland fleeing from oppression, violence and human injustices, seeking protection.
'Easter 2036' by Neil Jordan
Read by Stephen Rea. The unforeseen consequences of the hug, never mind the common kiss, having been long outlawed to outwit a contagious deadly virus, requires radical action. A lowly graduate student has come up with what might be its solution.
'An Authentic Conversation' by Yan Ge
Read by Ashley Xie. Nan and Akmaral, two young Asian students attend a Dublin language school. In the process of grappling with an assignment from their teacher Aisling, to engage in an authentic conversation with a stranger, their perception of authenticity grows. Broadcast to coincide with the Chinese New Year.
'Anti-Treaty' by Wendy Erskine
Read by the author. Cut-throat tv talent show UK OK, gets more than it bargained for with E-Zee or Ballyshannon girls, Eimear and Zofia, among its contestants.
'Shorn' by Sue Rainsford - read by Saoirse Ronan
Read by Saoirse Ronan. 'Shorn' moves hauntingly between a brutal long ago and a present time of purge the past, while not forgetting it.
'A Pirate, Dreaming' by Kevin Barry
Read by the author. From his high-up perch under his Velux window, a pirate radio DJ watches a routine morning grow and the good people of Limerick city getting up and out into another April day.