Debate with Susan McKay, Catherine McCartney, Carlo Gébler and Patrick Maguire
With old enemies power-sharing in Belfast, peace would seem to have finally settled on the people and politics of Northern Ireland. But surely peace can only endure when the dead – over 3000 in the four-decade-long Troubles – can finally be laid to rest.
Susan McKay’s new book Bear in Mind These Dead gives voice to those thousands – many killed in vicious spirals of tit-for-tat violence, and all-toooften overlooked in the political histories.
Catherine McCartney’s Walls of Silence is the disquieting account of her family’s battle for justice and retribution following the brutal murder of her brother Robert, and the subsequent cover-up.
My Father’s Watch – told in collaboration with writer Carlo Gébler – recounts the tragic story of Patrick Maguire, the youngest of the Maguire Seven, falsely imprisoned in connection with the 1974 IRA bombings of two Guildford pubs.
In this special event, McKay, McCartney, Maguire and Gébler look beyond the politics to the personal tragedies that, for many, have defined The Troubles: the injustices, the grief, and, where possible, the reconciliation born out of forgiveness.
Powerful, poignant and provocative debate.