Finished ‘More Lives Than One – a biography of Hans Fallada’ by Jenny Williams, a Professor of Literature at Dublin City University.
15th June. Interviewed by Joseph McCabe from Dublin, a student at Queens whose MA dissertation is titled: Republicans and Policing; Empowering Communities or a Compromise of Principles.
7th June. Finished ‘Hermann Hesse – A Pictorial Biography’.
6th June. At Queen’s addressed law students from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA, about Irish history, the conflict and the peace process.
5th June. Interviewed by Kyle Inman, a Fulbright mtvU student studying Irish History and Music at Queen’s and who is working on a dissertation about music and the hunger strike.
3rd June. Was panellist on Radio Ulster’s ‘Seven Days’ programme from noon to 1pm, talking about the southern economy, political U-turns, PSNI/Gardai raids on those involved in sex trafficking, the British Queen’s diamond jubilee and whether Martin McGuinness and she shake hands on her forthcoming visit to the North.
1st June. At the Lyric for a reading by Israeli writer, David Grossman, a very gentle man and a good speaker.
31st May. As part of the Belfast Film Festival I attended the premiere in the Ulster Hall of the film loosely based on the loose life of Terry Hooley, ‘Good Vibrations’. It was very funny and represented a little chunk of Belfast, mid-70s, that steered clear of the conflict, though the conflict did not steer clear of the punks!