Artwork for podcast A Wee Bit Of War
06: The diaries of Doreen Bates with Lucy Caldwell and Dr. Margaret Esiri
Episode 627th April 2022 • A Wee Bit Of War • Scott Edgar of WartimeNI
00:00:00 00:50:19

Share Episode


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 [ 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]


To find out more about WartimeNI, subscribe to our weekly newsletter:


At WartimeNI HQ, we love creating quality content for you. If you like what we do, you can help support our work by making a small contribution on Ko-Fi. It costs less than a craft beer or a cappuccino.

Support WartimeNI today:



More from YouTube