Episode 06: The diaries of Doreen Bates

The diaries of Doreen Bates offer a fascinating insight into life in Belfast during the Blitz of 1941. We talked to author Lucy Caldwell and Doreen's daughter Dr. Margaret Esiri.

A Wee Bit Of War

Scott Edgar / Lucy Caldwell / Dr. Margaret Esiri

  • Literature
  • Social History
  • Women's History

  1. The diaries of Doreen Bates

The diaries of Doreen Bates

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.

Buy ‘These Days’ by Lucy Caldwell [Bookshop.org Affiliate Link]

Buy ‘Diary of a Wartime Affair: The True Story of a Surprisingly Modern Romance’ [Amazon Affiliate Link]

Buy ‘Belfast Blitz: The People’s Story’ by Stephen Douds [Amazon Affiliate Link]