Lillian Bilocca bio set for Hull launch
On December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
In 1968, three trawlers from Hull vanished in quick succession, smashed by winter storms. One ‘fishwife’, Lillian Bilocca, put down her tools, left the fish processing works, and took her protest to the streets. She gathered women around her, and soon they were armed with a strong petition and a host of precise demands. Britain need new shipping laws. These women took on the owners and the government in order to save the lives of their men.
This is a striking story, expertly told by Brian W. Lavery, who lives in the community and spent many years reporting Hull’ s stories to the world in his role as a journalist. The book includes the compelling drama of the trawlers’ battles with the sea and one man’s survival. Lillian Bilocca was world news for her weeks of action – and we gain touching insights on how such celebrity sits on a woman’s shoulders.
The book is to be launched in Hull Maritime Museum on May 26th, 7pm. We are delighted that some among Lil Bilocca’s fighting women will be with us on the night.