the most isolated. Nowhere is this more evident than in today’s postconflict
society, where women can often find themselves marginalised
and without means of expression. Creggan Enterprises’ Unheard Voices
Programme sought to connect with many such women across Northern
Ireland, fostering understanding and reconciliation as they begin to
examine the recent history of which they were a part.
Within these pages, twenty-eight participants of the Unheard Voices
Programme share their intensely personal experiences of life here during
the Troubles – many for the first time. These reflections offer just a
glimpse of how ordinary families coped in extraordinary times, and how
these various experiences now empower them within the broader context
Our aim was simple – to ask and to listen. What emerged from this
process is a truly powerful collection of stories that have proved cathartic
for all involved. Filled with raw emotion and compelling honesty, Beyond
The Silence will inspire, provoke and challenge anyone who reads it.
Through stories like these, women everywhere can find a voice.