On his most recent official visit to Ireland in May 2015, the Prince of Wales gave a speech during which he referred to 'these Atlantic islands', diplomatically avoiding the term 'British Isles', which, as a rule, is not used by the Irish government as a term to describe the UK and Ireland. What unites and divides the two islands? Where do the similarities and differences lie? Over the course of 2016, a number of discussions organised by CCI will tease out the complexities of our long relationship. For this first conversation chaired by comedian, writer and broadcaster Colm O'Regan, we gather philosopher Richard Kearney, journalist Gemma Tipton, archaeologist and member of the Royal Irish Academy Peter Harbison and academic Wesley Hutchinson to discuss the term ‘British Isles’ - its origins and alternatives, the politics of language - within the historical context of interaction between the two islands and their influences upon each other.