Irish poet and author Julieann Campbell joined the podcast. Born in Derry in 1976, the former reporter gave up the newsroom after a decade to concentrate on motherhood, poetry and collecting oral histories. Julieann's first solo poetry collection, 'Milk Teeth' was published in 2015 by Guildhall Press (Derry), and she was one of many contributors to their vast 2008 compendium, 'City of Music: Derry's Music Heritage.' Alongside Dr. Tom Herron, she co-edited the 2008 collection, 'Harrowing of the Heart: The Poetry of Bloody Sunday', which brought together - for the first time - myriad artistic responses to the 1972 massacre. Works by established artists such as Seamus Heaney, Brian Friel, John Lennon and Christy Moore merge seamlessly alongside those of Derry writers, be they eyewitnesses, relatives, poets or activists. Playwright Brian Friel was among attendees at its launch in January 2008 at Derry's Guildhall. The same year saw Julieann winning First Prize for a Poetry Collection in Donegal's Charles Macklin Poetry Competition.
A former Chair of the Bloody Sunday Trust in Derry, Julieann's first non-fiction book, 'Setting the Truth Free: The Inside Story of the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign' (Liberties Press, Dublin) won the 2013 Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize. The book was launched by legendary folk singer Christy Moore in Derry, and by eminent human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce in London. As well as this, Julieann also took on the role of families' press officer ahead of the publication of Lord Saville's Report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in 2010.
With the Unheard Voices project, she compiled and edited the collection, 'Beyond the Silence: Women's Unheard Voices from the Troubles' (Guildhall Press,2016). This led to the commission of an essay entitled, 'Rewriting History', for New Island's anthology, 'Female Lines: New Writing from Northern Ireland' (2017)
Julieann later worked extensively with the Museum of Free Derry to generate and develop the oral history strand of their National Civil Rights Archive. She is now a PhD Researcher at Ulster University exploring the collective and individual impact of storytelling across the north of Ireland.
Her latest book, titled "On Bloody Sunday," is the first ever complete oral history of one of the worst episodes in modern Irish history.
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