THE SOUND OF THE SHUTTLE
Essays on Cultural Belonging & Protestantism in Northern Ireland
Gerald Dawe, pictured above extreme right, with from left Ben Keatinge, Michael Longley, Bernard O’Donoghue and Lucy Collins. Picture by Bill Heaney
Thursday 20 February, 6pm
No Alibis Bookstore
83 Botanic Avenue
The Sound of the Shuttle is an eloquent and compelling selection of essays written over four decades by Belfast-born poet Gerald Dawe, exploring the difficult and at times neglected territory of cultural belonging and northern Protestantism. The title, taken from a letter of John Keats during a journey through the north-east in 1818, evokes the lives, now erased from history, of the thousands of workers in the linen industry, tobacco factories and shipyards of Belfast.
Sketching in literary, social and political contexts to widen the frame of reference, Dawe offers fascinating insights into the current debate about a ‘New Ireland’ by bringing into critical focus the experiences, beliefs and achievements of a sometimes maligned and often misread community, generally referred to as Northern protestants.
In making the telling point that ‘The jagged edges of the violent past are still locked within ideological vices’, The Sound of the Shuttle is an insightful and honest report based upon many years of creative and critical practice.
Hardback • €18.95 / £16.99 • 200 pages • 234mm x156mm • 9781788551069
TERRY BRANKIN HAS A GUN
A new novel by Malachi O’Doherty, pictured above by Bill Heaney
Tuesday 18 February, 6.30pm
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
2 Titanic Boulevard
Belfast, BT3 9HQ
About the book
Terry Brankin loves his wife, but it’s a bloody nuisance that a cold-case investigator is trying to pin him for a long past IRA bombing that killed a young girl. His wife Kathleen can’t take it. He tells her that things were different then. She tells him he must confess. He’d only get two years under the Belfast Agreement and she’ll stand by him, but she leaves him to give him time to mull it over.
But then Kathleen is attacked. Every house in the Brankin property portfolio is petrol-bombed on the same night. Something is going on that’s even bigger than they reckoned. And Terry thinks it’s to do with the cold case, the bombing and the dead child. He reckons old friends in the IRA are telling him to keep quiet. It’s time to talk to old comrades. And Terry still has a gun.
Fast-paced and thrilling, this powerful Troubles novel explores significant legacy issues of the northern conflict and how past deeds can never truly be forgotten.
Paperback • €16.95 / £14.99 • 252 pages • 234mm x156mm • 9781785373107