“When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to Fly by those nets.” 
James Joyce

FBTN's editor interviewed in Northern Slant

FBTN's editor interviewed in Northern Slant

Our editor, Nathan Stewart, was profiled in Northern Slant this week.

Nathan is currently living in Brussels, and the Northern Roots series speaks to 'people originally from Northern Ireland but currently living elsewhere – or vice versa'.

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The interview covers topics like moving away from home, the chances of coming back, and the future of Northern Ireland.

"The Northern Irish people know what’s best for them, just so long as the parties get out of the way."

Nathan also highlighted the need for diversity in our local media in Northern Ireland and used the interview to challenge editors to platform more than just the usual voices.

"I think it goes for every media organisation, but there needs to be a real commitment to platforming diverse voices. Diversity in Northern Ireland, particularly in 2018, has to mean more than just representing both sides of the community. It’s something we do struggle with at Fly By Those Nets though, and it’s nice to see efforts being made elsewhere."

It's great to see so many new and exciting projects these days, and it's something we want to support at Fly By Those Nets. Northern Slant in particular has some fantastic analysis on the big issues. Nathan made sure to give a shout-out to our other friends/rivals:

"I love the state of the local independent media scene at the moment, with other sites like ChallengesNIThe Jist and The Last Round really complementing the more established stuff like Slugger O’Toole."

And the main message to be taken away?

"Stop feeling so guilty about stuff. That’s the main thing I’ve learnt since moving away. We seem to get too caught up in our own stuff sometimes, and there’s the tendency to cut the legs out from under ourselves. Stay home, move away. Whatever. Just go have as much fun as you can while allowing other people to have fun too."

You can read the full interview here and the rest of the Northern Slant series here.

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