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The Headscarf Revolutionaries
The Headscarf Revolutionaries

The Headscarf Revolutionaries


224 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Trade Paper, $25.00 (US $25.00) (CA $30.00)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9781909954144

Rights: US & CA

Barbican Press (Oct 2016)

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In the harsh Arctic seas of 1968, three trawlers from Hull's fleet sank in just three weeks. 58 men died. Lilian Bilocca put down her filleting knife, wrote a petition, and stormed into action. With her army of fishwives she took her battle to the docks and led a raid on Parliament. They changed the shipping laws. Lillian Bilocca became an international celebrity. The lone survivor of the tragedies made headlines too. In a tight fishing community, it's dangerous to stand out.

Author Biography

Brian W. Lavery was born in Glasgow's East End in 1959, the fourth of six sons of William, a sheet metal worker and Margaret, a shop assistant. He has been a university drop-out, factory worker, car valeter, market trader, waiter, Customs and Excise officer (very briefly) and is now a journalist, tutor and writer. After 25 years of various senior roles in national and regional journalism he returned to education. In 2011, he gained a first in English and Creative Writing. This book derives from a funded PhD at Hull University, where he also taught creative nonfiction. In December 2013 he wrote and presented "Courage and Effect" for BBC Radio 4's Four Thought series, drawn from the subject matter of this book. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography commissioned him to write the entry on Mrs. Lillian Bilocca for its 2013 edition. He has also published short fiction and poetry. Brian runs a community media project in Hull, where he has lived with his wife Kathryn for more than 30 years. They have grown-up daughters, Catriona and Rose.