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“Captive Voices”: Post-1981 Republican Prison Writing

  • Lachlan Whalen
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Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series (NDIIAL)

Abstract

The years following the Hunger Strikes proved to be an extremely fruitful period for Republican prison literature, though little of it was published by mainstream presses. Among the few texts that did receive widespread distribution were the works of Danny Morrison, one-time director of publicity for Sinn Féin, who produced the novel On the Back of the Swallow during his incarceration in the early 1990s and who later published some of his jail correspondence with his partner under the title Then the Walls Came Down, both books under the imprint of Mercier Press. Brian Campbell edited H Block: A Selection of Poetry by Republican Prisoners, published in 1991 by South Yorkshire Writers in 1991, an anthology of seven poets’ work. In 1996, the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons devoted a special issue to Republican writing and included prose and poetry from the H Blocks, Maghaberry, Portlaoise, and Durham, all compiled by guest editor Micheál Mac Giolla Ghunna, a POW in Long Kesh.

Keywords

Hunger Strike Armed Struggle Prison Authority Republican Movement Irish Language 
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Chapter Five “Captive Voices”: Post-1981 Republican Prison Writing

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