• Saturday May 14th – 3pm
    Venue: Gallery of Photography
    What’s Next – The State of our Gay Nation
    Una Mullally hosts panel discussion about the State we’re in a year on from that Day in May with Brian Sheehan, Tonie Walsh, Phillippa Ryder and [TBC] about the State we’re in a year on from that Day in May. It’s been a momentous year. Since Ireland became a more equal nation on May 22nd 2015, we’ve seen huge strides made for some causes and major setbacks to others. A year on, trans rights in Ireland are among the most progressive and accepting anywhere in the world. A year on, a queer woman is punched in the face on Camden Street simply for looking queer. A year on, partners hold hands in public and kiss on buses and walk confidently into pubs. A year on, LGBT teenagers are still likelier to suffer from depressions and suicidal thoughts because they feel isolated, ashamed and alone. In a panel discussion and conversation with all present, The State of Our Gay Nation celebrates what got us here and questions where we’re going.
  • Tuesday 17th May
    Belfast Book Launch (5.30–7.30pm)
    Venue: Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT), University Square, Belfast
    Book Launch in association with Love Equality
    Guest speakers include: Charlie Bird, Brian Sheehan & Representatives of Love Equality – the campaign for civil marriage equality in Northern Ireland
  • Thursday 19th May
    Cork – In Conversation Event 7pm
    Venue: Waterstones Book, Patrick Street,
    An evening with Charlie Bird, photographer John Minihan & contributors to the book.
  • Saturday May 21st – 1pm
    Venue: Gallery of Photography

    Celebration of Change
    Ding Dong! Comedian Al Porter hosts an opportunity for canvassers to share their stories at an event that celebrates the largest grassroots political campaign Ireland has ever known. The Marriage Equality Referendum was won on the doors, it’s said. But who was knocking and who answered? Throughout April and May 2015, pavements were pounded, questions were asked, holy water was clutched, minds were changed and we all got the chance to see into hundreds, thousands of hallways and think “hmm, not sure about that carpet”. This is the debrief you didn’t have – an opportunity to celebrate if you canvassed and share your stories.
  • A Delightfully New Ireland – 3pm
    Venue: Gallery of Photography
    Stories from A Day in May. Charlie Bird welcomes and introduces people he interviewed for the book to read their story.
  • Sunday May 22nd
    Venue: Gallery of Photography
    Introspection – It Takes Guts! 1pm
    Readings from five volumes of contemporary Irish literary magazine Guts!, examining the roots of change and fear in stories by a range of Irish writers, with musical interludes by Heathers. On the anniversary of the Referendum vote, this free special event at the Gallery of Photography marks a momentous anniversary with personal stories and music from a broad range of immensely talented people.
    Guts is a magazine of confessional writing and illustration based in Dublin. Over its five volumes, a spectrum of writers have tackled issues and themes such as authority, beauty in brokenness, drugs, alienation and heartbreak… themes that form a common thread in the stories of the subjects of A Day in May. At this event, authors Neil Watkins, Roisin Kiberd, Rosa Abbott, Roisin Agnew and Vickey Curtis read personal pieces in response to these themes. They’ll be joined on the day by the spectacularly brilliant, Choice award nominated Heathers, performing an unplugged set.
    International breakout sensation and twin sisters Ellie and Louise Macnamara, also known as Heathers, have had a hugely significant year with the very successful release of their second album Kingdom in the USA through Sony. Their big single “Forget Me Knots” became a firm favourite on US radio, and to coincide with that US release, the girls toured consistently including playing South by Southwest Festival in Texas for the first time.
  • Thursday 26th May 
Galway – In Conversation Event 6pm
    Venue: Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop Middle St, Galway
    An evening with Charlie Bird, photographer John McColgan, Irish theatre director Garry Hynes & contributors to the book.