Here are the details of the two launch events for Belfast Battalion on 8th December in Belfast. The details of the morning were posted up previously but I’ve added them again below.
In the morning I’m giving a more general talk at St Joseph’s in Sailortown looking at individual Sailortown resident’s experience of violence during the 1935 riots. In the evening I’ll talk (a bit more briefly) about the book itself. Entry to both is free and all are welcome. Both events are listed on Facebook (see links below). Some copies of the book should be available to buy at both events but you can also reserve copies to pick up at them at the links at the bottom of this post (or click here).
In the evening, Joe Austin, Chair of the Belfast National Graves Association, will launch the book at Cumann na Méirleach/Felons Club on the Falls Road, Belfast at 7 pm, all welcome. I’ll give a brief overview of some themes in the book that will long enough to be worth catching but short enough to stay interesting.
The event is listed on the Treason Felony Facebook page here.
8th December, 11 am, St Joseph’s Church, Sailortown (see here for location).
The summer of 1935 saw the most significant violence in Belfast between 1922 and 1969. Mainly concentrated in the Docks area, the events of 1935 are repeatedly referenced in reporting of the conflict that re-emerged over the summer of 1969. Rather than concentrating on the wider causes of the violence this talk will look at people’s experience on the streets off Garmoyle Street, Nelson Street and York Street in 1935. After the violence, Sailortown residents submitted compensation claims to Belfast Corporation which provide first hand accounts of various incidents. What residents witnessed in 1935 likely became part of local history and folklore and influenced how people reacted to events in 169.
There will be a limited number of copies of the Belfast Battalion book available to buy at the launch but you can reserve a copy to pick up at the launch at the link below.
The event is also listed on the Treason Felony Facebook page here.
Reserve a Copy of Belfast Battalion
Copies will be available to be picked up at the launch in St Josephs at 11am on 8th December 2018 (note – if you’d like a signed copy – simply add it as an instruction when making payment for the book).
Reserve a copy of Belfast Battalion
Copies will be available to be picked up at the launch in the Felons Club at 7 pm on 8th December 2018 (note – if you’d like a signed copy – simply add it as an instruction when making payment for the book).