A former political prisoner who told his story in the compelling book ‘To Tell You The Truth’ has presented copies of the publication to the Central Library.
James Greer, whose story is included in the book which was edited by Eamonn Baker, handed copies over to Central Library heritage staff, Linda Ming and Jane Nicholas.
“Being interviewed for this publication gave me a chance to tell my story,” said James.
“That wasn’t too easy. It was almost like I wanted to tell my story and not tell it at the very same time. It’s great though that I can present copies of this book of interviews to the library service.
“That means people can read and reflect on this very wide selection of interviews.
“‘To tell you the truth…’ is relevant to all of us here in Northern Ireland who have lived through forty years of the Troubles. It’s not a depressing book. It’s a very moving book. But readers will decide for themselves.”
Eamon Baker of Towards Understanding and Healing adds: “These interviews are from men and women from all different backgrounds - victim-survivors of British Army violence, Loyalist violence, Republican violence.
“Some of the interviewees were members of paramilitary groups, and inflicted violence.
“These men reflect on what motivated them then and on where they now are in their lives. Some of the people interviewed speak of what has helped them to try to come to terms with the traumatic incident(s) in their lives, about what has helped them move from being a ‘victim’ to being a survivor and more.”
Linda Ming says: “I am delighted that James and Eamonn have come today to bring copies of ‘To tell you the truth…’. The stories in this publication are very real, human and very moving. This new publication will be a valuable addition to our library resources.