Liverpool Irish Festival

Join authors Greg Queiry and Jack Byrne for a conversation about the image -and reality- of the Irish Community in Liverpool.

Using their publications as reference, they’ll discuss the myths and reality of the city nicknamed ‘Ireland’s second capital’.

Greg’s history book, In Hardship and Hope (G&K Publishing, 2017), charts the earliest development of the Irish in Liverpool; through the traumatic famine-period, up to modern times. As the organiser of many walking tours, a poet and teacher, Greg brings an expertise in history, especially of Liverpool’s north end communities. Jack Byrne’s fictional novel, Under The Bridge (Northodox Press, 2021) takes its starting point as the post-WW2 wave of emigration from Ireland to the UK, as well as his lived-experience of a ‘Catholic not Irish’ upbringing in Speke.

From the Kimmage ‘brigade’ Garrison in the 1916 rising, to Brendan’s Behan’s arrival in Liverpool; through the difficult period of the ‘Troubles’, Liverpool -the city- and the island of Ireland have always been connected. Whatever your connection to the Irish experience or Liverpool, this conversation promises to be interesting and informative.

This event is partnered with The Liverpool Literacy Agency and #2021LiverpoolWrites.

The talk will be broadcast on YouTube (search for the Liverpool Irish Festival channel), which requires no tickets. If you would like to be part of the live Zoom transmission, and take part in the online Q&A, you will need to book.

Ticket numbers are limited. Once you have booked, Eventbrite (the booking system) will send you all the necessary links to gain access to the event on the evening.

You can reserve your tickets through the link below

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About Me

Thanks for visiting my page. The aim of this page is to let you know what I am working on and allow you to tell me what you think.

I was born and raised in Speke Liverpool, although my parents first lived ‘Under The Bridge’ in Garston, and all my family goes back to Wicklow in Ireland.

The Liverpool Mystery series will be four novels, three books; Under The Bridge, The Morning After, and Fire Next Time are finished. Under The Bridge will be published in Feb 2021 and I hope at least one more will follow later in the year. I am writing The Wicklow Boys now, and I hope to finish it next year.

My writing like my blog is about the lives of working people and how they relate to society as a whole.

My collection of short stories The One Road is available below click to see details.

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