The diaries of Doreen Bates are a wonderful insight into life during the Belfast Blitz. Author Lucy Caldwell drew on Miss Bates' wonderful writings for her own recently released novel 'These Days'. Dr. Margaret Esiri is the daughter of Doreen Bates, who along with her twin brother first published a section of the diaries in 2016. Here, they talk about Doreen, her diaries, and life during the Belfast Blitz of 1941.
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