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7. No Surrender : An Ulster Childhood by Robert Harbinson

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Friday 19th October 2018 - Presented by Trevor Neilands

In the early 1960s Robert Harbinson wrote four volumes of autobiography, the first of these being No Surrender. This was celebrated as being the first book by a writer from the Ulster Protestant working class to receive national attention. Unfortunately in recent times Robert Harbinson’s work has largely fallen off the radar in his native Ulster. This talk will look at how Harbinson’s sense of identity is shaped by his childhood and adolescent experience in 1930s Belfast and in rural Fermanagh where he was evacuated during World War Two.

This talk serves as a taster for the six week course The Planter and the Gael which begins in February 2019. The course looks at how a selection of Northern Irish writers express and explore the issues of identity in this part of the island.