Douglas Murray in conversation with Paula Kitching Bloody Sunday – Truth, Half-Truths & Lies
18:45 – 19:45
On 30th January 1972, Bloody Sunday, British soldiers shot dead 14 people on the streets of Londonderry. Historian Paula Kitching probes Douglas Murray, one of the few journalists to watch proceedings, as he reveals that the truth was not only far worse than the British army wished to admit, but more complex than the IRA had always claimed. His new book describes the monumental effort to get to the truth of this terrible event. More importantly, it tells the story of what happened when ordinary people were thrown into the middle of unimaginable horrors, and the effort - over four decades - to arrive at an uncomfortable and incomplete truth.
Douglas Murray is a bestselling author and award-winning political journalist. His first book, Bosie: the Life of Lord Alfred Douglas, was published to critical acclaim while he was still at Oxford. His second, Neoconservatism: Why We Need It came out in 2005. He has written and spoken widely on culture, politics and ideas, appearing on the BBC and other broadcast networks; Newsnight, Question Time, and Today. He features regularly in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator and many other papers, is a columnist for Standpoint magazine and author and co-author of many specialist studies on culture and terrorism. Murray is also currently Associate Director at the Henry Jackson Society think-tank in London.
Paula Kitching is an historian and an education consultant. Her work covers a variety of subjects in particular the history of war and genocide. She has worked for a number of organisations including government departments, the Historical Association, the Royal British Legion and the London Jewish Cultural Centre.