Setting the Truth Free
Setting the Truth Free
"Setting the Truth Free is a wonderful book because it documents eloquently events that go to the heart of the struggle for justice and freedom…the inspiration is universal"
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. Written by Derry journalist and niece of Jackie Duddy who was killed on that day, with a foreword by political activist Gareth Peirce, Setting the Truth Free is published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday on Monday 30 January 2012.
On 30th January 1972, thirteen people were shot dead and a further fourteen wounded, one of whom died later, by British paratroopers during a peaceful civil rights march in Derry. In June 2010, thirty-eight years later, Lord Saville’s report made headlines all over the world, and the people of Derry were brought to a stunned silence as British Prime Minister David Cameron apologised on behalf of his government and his country for the ‘unjustified’ and ‘unjustifiable’ acts of Bloody Sunday. Setting The Truth Free is the first ever account of the remarkable Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign as told by the campaigners, relatives and the wounded themselves. Many books have been written on the subject but few mention in significant detail how these ordinary people achieved the impossible and unwittingly made history. Determined to clear their loved ones’ names, this group took on the might of the British government, and won. Each major turning point during the campaign is described and accompanied by family testimonies.
Julieann Campbell is ideally placed to write Setting The Truth Free. She is a journalist in Derry, a member 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 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.