Hunger Strike—Reflections, edited by Danny Morrison*, was first published in 2006 but has now been republished with additional contributions from George Stagg (brother of hunger striker Frank Stagg) and Senator Frances Black, among others.
Well-known novelists and poets, former prisoners and activists reflect upon the deaths of the ten republican hunger strikers which proved a turning point in relations between Britain and Ireland. Most of the pieces here were specially commissioned, and while they differ greatly, what they have in common is a sense of the intensity of the experience of the hunger strike at the time, and the intensity of the impression made by it even now, forty years later.
Contributors also include David Beresford, Tom Hayden, John Montague, Roy Greenslade, Eugene McCabe, Ulick O’Connor, Nell McCafferty, Peter Sheridan, Medbh McGuckian, Robert Ballagh, Shane Connaughton, Timothy O’Grady, Christy Moore, There are less familiar names, too: William Brown, an ecumenical Christian; Sorj Chalandon, a French journalist; Frank Durkan, an American human rights lawyer; Mary Nelis, an activist and mother of two prisoners; Pedram Moallemian, a former Iranian student.
*Danny Morrison is a former prisoner, a novelist, playwright and former editor of An Phoblacht/Republican News.
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