There are few individuals it can be said altered the course of World War Two on their own - but one was a Dublin librarian. And he did it, not on the battlefields of France or Japan but, in a room in McKee Barracks on Dublin's North Circular Road. (2017)
Susan McKay is a journalist and author from Derry. She is well known as a commentator on Irish radio and television. Her books on social justice issues and the North have been critically acclaimed. She researched, narrated and produced “Inez – A Challenging Woman” which won best short documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2013 and her journalism has won several major awards.
She has worked extensively with victims of the conflict in Northern Ireland, as a writer, facilitator and archivist. She is interested in stories about the aftermath of violence, the way that lives are changed utterly by events and the ways in which individuals, families and communities have to undergo transformational struggles in order to survive. Remarkably, these efforts often go unnoticed by other people.
A former Northern Editor of the Sunday Tribune, and columnist with the Irish News, her work has been widely anthologised, including in the Penguin Book of Great Irish Reportage (Penguin, 2014) and the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing.
Susan’s books include “Bear in Mind These Dead” (Faber, 2007), “Northern Protestants – An Unsettled People” (Blackstaff, 2000) and “Sophia’s Story” (Gill and MacMillan, 1998). She writes for a range of publications including the Irish Times and the London Review of Books. “After the Music – the Daughters’ Story” is her first radio documentary.