CHRISTOPHER EWART-BIGGS MEMORIAL PRIZE
The Inside Story of the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign
The winner of the twenty-second Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize, worth £5000, will be announced on 28 February 2013 at a presentation ceremony in Dublin with Olivia O’Leary.
Author Julieann Campbell says, “I am delighted that our book has been shortlisted for this important literary award, and I'm sure the wider Bloody Sunday families and wounded will be equally as pleased with this news. To win would be a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of these extraordinary Derry people who never gave up hope. Even to be shortlisted gives their story the recognition and respect it rightly deserves.”
Liberties Press MD, Seán O’Keeffe says “We at Liberties Press are delighted that Julieann Campbell, and all of those involved in the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign, have received the recognition they deserve with the shortlisting of Setting The Truth Free for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize. The book is a warm, moving account of a key event in recent Irish history.”
About the Prize: The Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize was instituted in memory of the British Ambassador to Ireland who was murdered by the IRA in 1976. In arriving at a final short-list, the judges stressed that the books embody the objectives of the Prize, namely: the promotion and encouragement of peace and reconciliation in Ireland, a greater understanding between the people of Britain and Ireland, or closer co-operation between the partners of the European Community.
About the Book: Setting The Truth Free is an intelligent and emotive inside account of the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign, which records the personal stories of the campaigners, the relatives and the wounded themselves right up to the Saville Report’s publication in June 2010. At the book’s launch on 30 January 2012, the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Christy Moore said that author Julieann Campbell had indeed ‘set the truth free’ through her portrayal of the families’ ‘selfless, courageous, persistent campaigning’.
About the Author: Julieann Campbell was ideally placed to write Setting The Truth Free. She is a journalist for the Derry Journal, Vice-Chair of The Bloody Sunday Trust and was the Press Officer for the Bloody Sunday families in the lead up to the publication of the Saville Report. She is also the niece of Jackie Duddy who was among one of those killed on that tragic day. Her first non-fiction book, Julieann has previously co-edited an anthology Harrowing of the Heart: The Poetry of Bloody Sunday and contributed to City of Music: Derry’s Musical Heritage.