THE LUCKIEST THIRTEEN

A true-life drama of an intense battle for survival on the high seas. The Luckiest Thirteen is the story of an incredible two-day battle to save the super trawler St Finbarr, and of those who tried to rescue her heroic crew in surging, frozen seas. It was also a backdrop for the powerful stories of families ashore, dumbstruck by fear and grief, as well as a love story of a teenage deckhand and his girl that ended with a heart-rending twist. From her hi-tech hold to her modern wheelhouse she was every inch the super ship the great hope for the future built to save the fleet at a record-breaking price but a heart-breaking cost. On the thirteenth trip after her maiden voyage, the St Finbarr met with catastrophe off the Newfoundland coast. On Christmas Day 1966, twenty-five families in the northern English fishing port of Hull were thrown into a dreadful suspense not knowing if their loved ones were dead or alive after the disaster that befell The Perfect Trawler. Complete with 16 pages of dramatic and poignant photographs from the period.

THE HEADSCARF REVOLUTIONARIES

 

In the "Dark Winter" of 1968, fifty-eight Hull trawlermen died when three ships sank in as many weeks. The Triple Trawler Disaster sparked a fishwives' uprising that took on the Establishment and won. No more would they stand by and watch the industry that gave them their living kill their men.

Sole survivor Harry Eddom,  watched two shipmates die in a life raft, was washed ashore  and spent two days fighting for his life in Arctic wastes of northern Iceland.

It was the story that took Vietnam off the world's front pages

In spite of death threats, violence, blacklisting and pillorying in the media, the Hessle Road fishwives, led by Mrs Lillian Bilocca, a.k.a. "Big Lil" fought for their men and changed the most dangerous industry on earth – but at a great personal cost. The Headscarf Revolutionaries tells the whole incredible story in a work of creative nonfiction which has been described as a cross between Made In Dagenham and The Perfect Storm

What they have said about The Headscarf Revolutionaries...

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The Headscarf Revolutionaries's story is one the world should never forget. I was proud to have played a small part in it and pleased Brian is telling the whole tragic, powerful story in full for the first time. Mark my words, this will be the next Made In Dagenham. Lily Bilocca was remarkable.

Lord John Prescott - House of Lords, London.

 

‘Brian’s story of how the Triple Trawler Tragedy unleashed the fury of the formidable women of the Hessle Road is inspirational.' 

Rt. Hon. Alan Johnson – Hull West and Hessle MP

 

'I relived the struggle all over again. It was like Brian had been with us.' – Mrs Mary Denness, one of Mrs Bilocca's 1968 'headscarf army.' 

The story of The Headscarf Revolutionaries is spreading across the globe...

Simply click on the player above the logo to hear either Brian's Radio 4 Four Thought episode, 'Courage and Effect' or the New Zealand broadcaster Graham Joyes' interview with Lillian Bilocca's daughter Mrs Virginia Bilocca-McKenzie...the story of the battling fishwives of Hessle Road and The Triple Trawler Disaster of 1968 is spreading across the world...their courage will never be forgotten.

Coast Access Radio

Coast Access Radio

New Zealand radio presenter Graham Joyes interviews Lillian Bilocca's daughter Virginia Bilocca-McKenzie August 8, 2015

Hull Daily Mail, April 2015

Hull Daily Mail, April 2015

Big Lil's big fight, feature by Will Ramsey

Libcom.org website

Libcom.org website

Socialist novelist and reviewer DD Johnston's review

Northern Soul - Manchester Arts Site

Northern Soul - Manchester Arts Site

Stephen Regan's review of The Headscarf Revoutionaries

Yorkshire Post

Yorkshire Post

Women who battled for safety in 1960s are honoured

Hull Daily Mail, May 2015

Hull Daily Mail, May 2015

Features writer Allison Coggan interviews author Brian W Lavery about The Headscarf Revolutionaries

stop-look-listen - Bernadette Hyland

stop-look-listen - Bernadette Hyland

Here on writer Bernadette Hyland's arts blog is a review of The Headscarf Revoultionaries

Socialist Review June 2015

Socialist Review June 2015

Leading socialist journal's review of The Headscarf Revoultionaries by Brian W Lavery

KCFM May, 2015

KCFM May, 2015

Preview of launch of The Headscarf Revolutionaries on local radio website

Socialist Worker, June 2015

Socialist Worker, June 2015

Review: How Hull women turned the tide on the bosses - The Headscarf Revolutionaries

Stephanie Cox interview

Stephanie Cox interview

Writer and blogger Stephanie Cox from wordsaremycraft interviews author Brian W Lavery

Hull Kingston Radio interview

Hull Kingston Radio interview

Fiona Mills interviews author Brian Lavery

University-of-Hull-news archive

University-of-Hull-news archive

Feature piece from the University of Hull website

Courage & Effect - Brian Lavery, intro by David Baddiel
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Coast Radio Interview - Graham Joyes & Virginia Bilocca McKenzie
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