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‘William Walker: Social Activist & Belfast Labourist 1870-1918’
By Dr. Mike Mecham
with special guest
Lord Paul Bew
Tickets: Free (Please use link to reserve a place)
William Walker (1870-1918) was the most significant figure in the Irish labour movement in the early twentieth century but became a marginalised figure. However, recognition of his place in Irish history has been growing culminating in this first full-length, and illustrated, biography. As well as detailing Walker’s life as a political activist in Belfast and beyond, his clashes with James Connolly, the divisions that surrounded him, and his opposition to Irish Home Rule, it reveals Walker’s social activism on behalf of the poor and working class, and his espousal of equal rights for women. It has been said recently that the questions he was attempting to solve remain vexingly familiar today.
Mike Mecham biog
Dr Mike Mecham is a Visiting Research Fellow at St. Mary’s University, London. He was awarded a PhD on William Walker in 2018. Before turning to Irish Studies he was Director, Latin America at the international relations think-tank, Chatham House.
Lord Paul Bew biog
The Rt. Hon. Lord Bew of Donegore is a Crossbench Peer and Emeritus Professor of Politics at Queen’s University, Belfast. Until recently he was chair of Parliament’s Committee of Standards in Public Life. He also acted as an historical advisor to the Bloody Sunday inquiry and contributed to the process that led to the 1998 Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.