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Rachel Andrews, “A New Wilderness at the Maze”

The Center for Documentary Studies Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. The winner of the inaugural 2013 prize competition, Irish writer Rachel Andrews, will give a public presentation with photographer Dara McGrath on documenting the demolition of Ireland’s Maze Prison complex, the subject of Andrews’ prizewinning essay, “A New Wilderness at the Maze.”The maximum-security facility near Belfast is where paramilitary prisoners were incarcerated during the “Troubles” (1971-2000) and where ten Republican hunger strikers died in 1981.

Andrews will give a reading, with projected photographs, followed by a conversation. During a three-day visit to Duke–cosponsored with CDS by the university’s Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Borderwork(s) Humanities Lab–Andrews and McGrath will meet with students in a variety of classes and interdisciplinary humanities programs to discuss their documentary process

NOTE: There will be a reception at 6pm, prior to the 7pm presentation.

Rachel Andrews’ work has been published in such literary journals as The Dublin Review, where this essay was first published in a different form (Summer 2010), and in Irish Theatre Magazine, the Dublin Review of Books, and the Sunday Business Post. For six years, she worked as a journalist and theatre critic with the Sunday Tribune, one of Ireland’s national Sunday newspapers, where she also wrote about architecture. She has also contributed pieces to RTE Radio in Ireland as well as BBC4. A recipient of several Arts Council of Ireland awards, Andrews is an M.A. in Creative Writing candidate at Bath Spa University in England and a lecturer in literature and journalism at University Cork College and Griffith College Cork.


April 16, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Emily Stewart
Emily Stewart


Center for Documentary Studies
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