Book club returns to Made to Parade for a second special bonus episode of the Made to Parade podcast. This episode shines the spotlight on the fantastic book "My Life in Loyalism" written by Billy Hutchinson with Gareth Mulvenna. The book is Billy's life story and a very powerful story it is as well.Growing up on the Shankill Road as the troubles began, Billy as a young boy knew that he had to do something to protect his community that went beyond mere words. Billy joined the YCV and later the UVF. Life during the troubles as part of a paramilitary organisation was precarious to say the least and Billy found the police having a keen interest in his actions and whereabouts. Ultimately this led to time spent in prison where Billy went through a personal and political transition that is still working in his life today.Billy shares why he felt now was the time to share his story and what he hopes it will achieve. He talks as candidly on the podcast as he does in the book and I know you will enjoy the conversation. My thanks to Billy and Gareth for taking the time to record the episode, it was a pleasure and a privilege to do.Billy's book is available from Merrion Press' website as well as Belfast Books and No Alibi's and online retailers as well.Our next episode due 18th January 2021 will be the last episode of season 2. Make sure you check it out and if you haven't done already go to madetoparade.com and subscribe and never miss an episode.If you want to be involved in Season 3 then get in touch with us via the Facebook & MeWe pages or email us on email@example.com
My Life In Loyalism - An Autobiography By Billy Hutchinson
The Pat Kenny Show Highlights
In 1975, at the age of just 19, he was sentenced to life in prison, and it was in the cages of Long Kesh that he first came under the influence of loyalist icon Gusty Spence. Hutchinson spent much of the 1980s as overall Commanding Officer of UVF/Red Hand Commando prisoners, and upon his release in 1990, he became involved with the recently established Progressive Unionist Party. Billy has written his autobiography called 'My Life In Loyalism' and he joined Pat on the show this morning. Listen and subscribe to The Pat Kenny Show on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.