Time Shadows a prison memoir

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1621 days naked in a prison cell

1079 days without washing

70 days on hunger strike

Dr Laurence McKeown is a published author, poet, playwright, and filmmaker. He is also a former IRA political prisoner, having spent 16 years in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh: 1976-1992. It was during his incarceration that he became involved with academia and the arts.

This memoir is about his first five years in prison when, along with several hundred other comrades, he endured the most extreme conditions during what is now regarded as the longest, collective, prison protest ever by Irish republican prisoners in their fight to be recognised as political prisoners.

In this minutely observed account, Laurence unpacks the physical and psychological tactics used against the prisoners, and reveals the many ways in which the prisoners defied the regime. He reflects on his own personal journey during those torturous years and we learn precisely what led to his participation in the 1981 hunger strike in which ten of his comrades died.

We also learn how and why he survived. He recalls visits with his family and friends during the hunger strike, some of his final moments with those who died, and how he dealt with their loss, all while confronting his  2 Hannahstown Hill own imminent death.

272pp text plus 16 pages of photos 14 original drawings

1. The Back Table
2. Naked
3. Swinging and Cheeking
4. Eggy, Beggy, Seggy, Fucken Weggy 5. Shit and Maggots
6. Eleven Cornflakes
7. A New World Record
8. Hatred
9. Promises Promises
10. Hunger and Politics
11. Stealing from the Dying
12. Sounds of Death
13. Ending It


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  • 5
    Time Shadows A Prison Memoir

    Posted by Kathleen O'Halloran on 20th Apr 2022

    I have reviewed this book on the pensive quill. https://www.thepensivequill.com/2022/04/time-memoirs.html

  • 5
    Excellent Memoir

    Posted by Ham Neggs on 19th Apr 2022

    Time Shadows is well written and informative. McKeown also significantly and firmly addresses one of the most politically fraught questions of his time. Can Pink Floyd rightly be called Pink Floyd if Syd Barret or Roger Waters are not present.? Seriously the story is worth hearing. Peace✌

  • 5
    First class book

    Posted by Seamus Mc Ardle on 12th Feb 2022

    Fast delivery well packaged I definitely recommend this store