Willie Goldfinch grew up in the Portadown district of Northern Ireland in the midst of the early stages of the thirty year conflict. At the age of sixteen he joined a local protestant paramilitary group called the Ulster Volunteer Force that was created to fight the I.R.A. At the age of eighteen he was sentenced to life imprisonment for terrorist activities. During these imprisoned years he witnessed many things: suicide, murder, mental and physical torture, cruelty, but above all this he witnessed the human ability to hope. It was hope in others and belief in himself that inspired him to begin to write. He has written many short stories, plays and songs, including songs for the Nashville country singer Vernon Oxford, and also for the late Johnny Cash, who performed them in his shows.
The creation and development of ‘The Peoples’ Memorial’ has been a special journey for me. And to all who have helped me along the way, I want you to know that your kindness and support has become a flower in the rich bouquet of my life, for those future moments that will always make me smile, and feel peaceful and warm. In various ways, each of you have touched my life, and in doing so, you have shown me that certain kind of something special, that people are always searching for, yet rarely ever find and never seem to get enough of. And, I want you all to know, from where you come from and whoever you will be, that somehow, just because of you, that in a small way I feel that certain kind of something special too.”
Author Willie Goldfinch release two new books – ‘The Ties That Bind’ conveys an innocent’s struggle for survival in Long Kesh Prison, and ‘Flowers Don’t Grow In Gardens Of Stone’ is a powerful account of a father losing his children through the Family Court.
' If a lifetime friend or even a stranger were to knock upon her door, perhaps burdened with worry, guilt or pain, Lizzie Jane, radiating the warmth and caring nature of an angel, would passionately and tearfully listen to their story. Then, with a tone of voice that could melt a heart of granite stone, she would tenderly respond with the words, ‘God willing … maybe in the springtime, dear … maybe in the springtime.’
Little Johnny’s journey through the forest of life is one of discovery. It is a journey in which he learns important values in life – values that will help all children to walk safely across the stepping stones of life during their vulnerable teenage years, and will help guide them wisely into adulthood.
The principal character, Willie Goldfinch, is a young Protestant during the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, who becomes a fall guy for a crime he did not commit and is sentenced to life imprisonment behind the grim walls of Long Kesh Prison. This book provides a remarkable glimpse into the secret world inhabited by MI5 and the SAS Intel units, and gives the reader a cold, hard look at life in a terrorist populated prison, where torture, drugs, drink, and summary executions between warring factions could be a weekly event. Factually based, it records the steely determination of a man who refused to be psychologically or physically beaten, who could not be made to betray anyone, and who survived to build a new life.
is a factually based novel written with passion and strong language to convey the experiences, pain and anguish inflicted upon a father whose beloved children are taken away from him by the British Courts. Willie Goldfinch becomes a crusading voice for all those fathers who have similarly lost their children through no fault of their own. Actor Joe McGann has written the foreword, where he describes Willie Goldfinch as a remarkable man who has ‘told it like it is’ and he comments on the book as ’a remarkable account - not just one man’s story though, this is a father’s story, a father’s voice'.