Inside Man: Loyalists of Long Kesh – The Untold Story by William ‘Plum’ Smith

Publisher:  Colourpoint Books

Price: £9.99
ISBN: 978 1 78073 064 6
Extent: 224pp paperback with colour photo sections

Book launch: Monday 13th October, Crumlin Road Gaol from 12 noon hosted by Eamonn Mallie

Monday, 13th October 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Loyalist ceasefire, the terms of which William ‘Plum’ Smith was instrumental in delivering.

Never before told from the Loyalist perspective, Plum Smith shares his story of life within Long Kesh prison during the Troubles. He reveals tales of drama, tragedy and humour in the everyday existence within the ‘compounds’ (the routine and discipline, the struggles with prison authorities, and the pastimes and education) and describes the major events of the period firsthand (Internment, the escape attempts, the riots and the burning of the camp).

Drawing on his own experience, interviews and previously unseen historical documents, Plum explains how loyalists were politicised and educated, learned to speak and negotiate with ‘the enemy’, and eventually brought about peace.

“My name is William ‘Plum’ Smith. I was born and bred on Belfast’s Shankill Road, on its streets of red, white and blue, and in a community that was Protestant, Unionist and Loyalist … 1972 was the year of the headline ‘Bloody Days’; the worst phase of the Troubles in Northern Ireland – dark days and nights that shaped and changed so many of our lives. I was just 18, a member of the Red Hand Commando and in jail.” ...

William ‘Plum’ Smith and Eamonn Mallie both available for interview on the day. 
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