Shining a light on sectarianism

My piece on domestic abuse as a theme in Buy Buy Baby.

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A couple of years ago, I went along to Glasgow Women’s Library to take part in a writing workshop related to their ‘Mixing the Colours’ project.

The workshop was organised to challenge the view of women in relation to sectarian issues in Scotland. Scottish writing has stories, poems and dramas that explore the Catholic/Protestant experience. It’s part of our history, part of our culture, but women’s voices are all but silent.

The piece which I produced was based on a childhood memory of being verbally and physically abused because I was brought up as a Catholic but lived in a council scheme dominated by Protestants. This was not an isolated case and I witnessed many forms of sectarianism on both sides throughout my childhood and as an adult in the workplace.

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I do believe that times have changed for the better and organisations such as Nil by Mouth and Action…

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