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Professor Monica McWilliams, social scientist

Professor Monica McWilliams chooses the eight tracks, book and luxury item that she would want with her if cast away to a desert island. With Lauren Laverne.

Professor Monica McWilliams is an academic, peace campaigner and former politician.

In 1996, she was the co-founder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition political party and was elected to a seat at the Multi-Party Peace Negotiations, which led to the Belfast (Good Friday) Peace Agreement in 1998.

She served as a member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly from 1998-2003 and was the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission from 2005-2011.

She continues her academic research into domestic violence and is Emeritus Professor in the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University. She also specialises in conflict resolution and working with women who are in conflict situations. Alongside her academic work and peace work she currently sits on the Independent Reporting Commission for Northern Ireland.

BOOK CHOICE: Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing Volumes 4 and 5 (known as the Women’s anthology)
LUXURY ITEM: A snorkel
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Il Postino by Luis Bacalov

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Sarah Taylor

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Music Played

  • Van Morrison

    Days Like This

    • Days Like This.
    • Polydor.
    • 1.
  • Phil Coulter

    The Town I Loved So Well

    • The Greatest Irish Album Ever Made.
    • Telstar.
    • 10.
  • Luis Bacalov

    Il Postino (Titles)

    • The Postman (Il Postino): Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Hollywood Records.
    • 16.
  • Carole King

    You've Got a Friend

    • Tapestry.
    • Sony.
    • 7.
  • Joan Baez and Mimi Fariña

    Bread and Roses

    • Bread and Roses Festival of Music.
    • Fantasy.
    • 1.
  • Teal Choir

    Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika

    • South Africa: Gospel According To Earthworks.
    • Earth Works.
    • 17.
  • Mark Ronson

    Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)

    • Uptown Special.
    • RCA.
    • 4.
  • Édith Piaf

    Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

    • The Very Best of Edith Piaf.
    • EMI.
    • 15.

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