Walls, songs and poetry

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.

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The Docker Poet

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

More about John in this Belfast Telegraph article

His publisher Lagan Press

Life with and without walls

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.

More info from International Fund for Ireland’s website ” New anthology tells the personal experiences of interface residents”

Shock Treatment

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.

There’s more about Shock Treatment on their Facebook Page and Davy’s Facebook page is here.

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