This is the second episode of the between the lines podcast with Gordie Walker. The response to episode one has been very positive, and we are delighted with the number of downloads and the listening figures. People have been listening from all over Ireland, UK, the USA and even China. Massive thanks from me and the whole team here at Between the Lines and a shout-out to our listeners in Shenyang.
In this episode we are talking to
John Campbell local historian, former dock worker poet and writer. John grew up in North Belfast in and around
York Street and Shore Road. John worked as a docker when times were hard and
poverty was rampant. John now reflects on those days through his writings and
verse and I was delighted to host him here at Intercomm and share his
reflections from those times
Segregation barriers collectively referred to as ‘Peace Walls’ have blighted the landscape of North Belfast for almost 50 years. Many of these structures that were erected primarily to protect people and property, have now become redundant. Kate Clark, Gerry O’Reilly and others have been working with local residents in the Duncairn area for a number of years to get them to a point where they are ready to contemplate barrier removal or transformation. Kate and Gerry discuss the changes to two of these structures – the complete removal of one in North Queen Street and the physical transformation of another on Duncairn Gardens.
Imagine Peace Walls Project
Conor Maskey from Intercomm talks to Sarah Lorimer, Coordinator of the Imagine Peace Walls Project, about the research she has carried out around the history of just some of the barriers that separate people in the North of the City.
Davy Treatment songwriter musician and performer. Davy has played with the Peace Frog and others but now performs with his reworked version of Shock Treatment, Shock Treatment 21. Davy has been in and around the Northern Ireland music scene for decades and we ask him along to the studio for a chat and a song Davy is the second visitor to the BLTcast studio and he brought his guitar.
Welcome to the first episode of the Between The Lines podcast with Gordie Walker. The team have been out and about collecting stories that we believe are interesting and help showcase some of the work that is going on in the north of the city and further afield
In This Episode
Newington Housing Association formed in 1975. It manages nearly 700 homes in mainly Interface areas in North Belfast. As times have changed so too has Newington, broadening its role from simply meeting immediate housing needs, to meeting wider community needs and taking brave steps towards transforming and regenerating communities and resolving interface issues.
Anthony Kerr from Newington Housing reflects on their work in reducing and confronting anti-social behaviour (ASB) and looks at how social and economic pressures are affecting their tenants.
Shared History – Dr Eamon Phoenix
As part of Intercomm’s Shared History programme Dr Eamon Phoenix invited 25 people from Ardoyne and Woodvale to talk about Belfast history. Among the places they visited were Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church and, were Gordie caught up with them, at Queens University.
The legacy of The Walls
Ciarán Shannon from Duncairn Community Partnership (DCP) takes with time Leanne Marshall to reflect on his life experiences before during and following the conflict.
There’s music from Joby Fox, writer, musician, and performer. Joby has played with the Bank Robbers going on to perform with Bap Kennedy in Energy Orchard and pen the song Belfast. He was signed to EMI and was based in London always pushing the limits and sticking up for his home town. His new album is about to be released and the song I Love you will be available on 14th February Joby is the first visitor to the BLTcast studio and he brought his guitar.
The production team were Leanne Marshall, Conor Maskey, Cairan Shannon, Gordie Walker and Davy Sims.
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The music is Our Big Adventure by Scott Homes — from the FreeMusicArchvive.com