NORTHERN IRELAND: A PERSPECTIVE

Friday 7 May, 2021: With Guardian journalist and author Henry McDonald in conversation with former BBC Radio Merseyside manager Mick Ord

From The Troubles to Brexit, Guardian journalist Henry McDonald brings us a unique perspective on Northern Ireland.

He has just published his second novel Two Souls. Set against a background of ‘The Troubles’, from the summer of 1978 to a frenzied Irish Cup Final day nine months later, through a series of smuggled ‘prison comms,’ to the paramilitary-stalked Belfast streets, all threads collide in a tense, thrilling story.

At turns shocking and heart-breaking, Two Souls is a deeply affecting novel that crackles and enthralls, tragically exposing human nature’s futile efforts to make the right decisions and choose a life worth living.

Born in Belfast, Henry McDonald is a journalist and correspondent for The Guardian and Observer, and has written extensively on The Troubles and related issues. In 1994 he co-authored a book about the Irish National Liberation Army INLA: Deadly Divisions.

More recently, he has written on Ulster loyalist paramilitary groups, the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a biography on Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble, a personal biography Colours: Ireland – From Bombs to Boom and in 2017 Martin McGuinness: A Life Remembered.

He has also worked as a security correspondent for the BBC in Belfast and as a staff reporter at The Irish News.

Place: Frodsham Community Centre
Time: Friday 7 May, 2021, 3.00pm
Tickets: £8, including tea/coffee

Henry McDonald
Henry McDonald. Photo courtesy of Bobby Hanvey.