BBC – The Arts Show Interview

BBC – The Arts Show Interview

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Marie-Louise Muir, the main presenter on BBC Radio Ulster's The Arts Show. We met below the Quakers Cottage on Black Mountain where several scenes from my novel, The Wrong Man, are set. The ten minute interview can be heard here...

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In Memory of Bob Conklin

In Memory of Bob Conklin

This story first appeared in my book All The Dead Voices, which was published in 2002. Based on his diary and letters it tells of how a young Canadian soldier (and his comrades) could hardly wait to get to France and the front, and his experiences of battle. At dinner...

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Duke Street, ’68

Duke Street, ’68

Today, 5th October marks the fiftieth anniversary of the RUC attack on the Civil Rights March in Duke Street, Derry. Tomorrow, beginning at 3pm, the march and intended route back then to the Guildhall will be replicated by Sinn Féin. One of those on the march on 5th...

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Days of Hunger – Days of War

Days of Hunger – Days of War

At times, reading this brilliantly researched and brilliantly presented story is like revisiting the prison protests in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh and Armagh Gaol, so startling are the parallels. What, of course, it does prove is that the British, well-versed and...

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The Glas House

The Glas House

“The dream of happiness does not exist that does not bite its own tail,” says the eponymous Dr Glas in the secret diary he writes as he sits alone at his window, watching the weather and light go through their phases. It is also in the diary’s pages that we learn of a...

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A SHAMEFUL STORY

A SHAMEFUL STORY

In April 2003 I wrote a feature for The Examiner about the (non) publication of the Stevens Inquiry report and the reaction of some in the British establishment who rode to the rescue of state assassins. (It was later published in my book, Rebel Columns.) Parts of the...

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NO POPE HERE

NO POPE HERE

In 2004 I wrote a chapter for a book by Liberties Press, 3 Days in September: When the Pope Came to Ireland in which I was scathing of John Paul II and the Irish Catholic hierarchy. Forty years later, and as the Republic of Ireland prepares for the visit of Pope...

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‘We did not want to go!’

‘We did not want to go!’

Just finished On Leave by Daniel Anselme, first published in 1957, an anti-war novel which found no favour in France at the time. It has a fine introduction by the translator, David Bellos, which places the author and the writing in context. Bellos says: “It had few...

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HELL NO

HELL NO

The Irish-American activist, Tom Hayden, died in October 2016 – his death an incalculable loss to the struggle for civil rights, justice and freedom, peace and democracy. I first met Tom forty years ago when he was visiting Ireland with his young son Troy. They stayed...

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Behind The Mask

Behind The Mask

In 1970, within months of the conflict breaking out here, two books, long in gestation, were published: The IRA by Tim Pat Coogan; and The Secret Army by James Bowyer Bell. I remember speaking to several veteran republicans who had been interviewed and who defended...

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