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Gerald Dawe -The Sound of The Shuttle – Launch – Guest Speaker, Freya McClements

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Irish Academic Press in association with  No Alibis Bookstore invite you to the

Launch of


Essays on Cultural Belonging & Protestantism in Northern Ireland

by Gerald Dawe

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.

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February 20
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


No Alibis
Botanic Avenue
Belfast, BT7 1JL United Kingdom
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