Frank Shouldice is a writer, director, journalist and playwright. He has worked extensively as a producer/director with RTE’s Investigations Unit, the current affairs TV flagship at Ireland’s national broadcaster. In recent years he has produced in-depth investigations into labour recruitment, cyberbullying, sub-prime lending, the charity sector, au pairs, diesel smuggling across the border and many more.
In 2015 Frank published Grandpa the Sniper (Liffey Press), a 1916 memoir/biography about his grandfather and namesake.
His ground-breaking radio documentary The Case That Never Was took the 2016 Justice Media Award, the first time this prestigious prize was won by a radio programme. Frank’s stage plays have been performed in Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow and he has had four radio plays produced by Sunday Playhouse. In addition to making documentaries for TV he co-wrote In Uncle Robert’s Footsteps which won the Warner Brothers Foundation Award (New York). His feature articles have been published in Ireland, Australia and the U.S. and he is currently working on his screenplay ‘Beneath The Cedar Tree.’
THE CASE THAT NEVER WAS
Thursday, October 6th, Los Gatos Town Chambers – 6pm – suggested donation, $25
At the festival’s Irish American Bar Association event, Frank shares his experience making his ground-breaking radio documentary The Case That Never Was that recently took the 2016 Justice Media Award. The story follows a hugely successful Irish-owned international recruitment company that is taken to court by one of its workers from Poland. Referred to the European Court of Justice, the outcome could change EU labor law for millions of people. The only problem? The worker ‘taking’ the case knows nothing about it. The Law Society of Ireland’s Justice Media Award recognizes outstanding journalism that contributes to the public’s understanding of law and justice, the legal system, or specific legal issues.
GRANDPA THE SNIPER • READING & SIGNING
Sunday, October 9th, Los Gatos Library 12.30pm – free event
Drawing on prison letters, personal diaries, and secret military and police files, Grandpa the Sniper retraces a remarkable journey by a reluctant hero. Frank Shouldice was a GAA footballer before violence broke out in April 1916. He fought through some of the Easter Rising, was incarcerated three times, was under close surveillance by The Security Service (MI5), and led a daring four-man escape from a Welsh prison. Extensively researched and written by his grandson and namesake, it’s a fascinating trawl through a very personal history.
Exclusive extract from Grandpa The Sniper – The Remarkable Story of a 1916 Volunteer
A fateful week has passed, and the Easter Rising is drawing to a close. The city centre smoulders in ruins and most of the insurgents have been rounded up. The Shouldice brothers – Frank, 23, and Jack, 34 – are arrested at the Four Courts. Jack, as company lieutenant, has led his men capably at Reilly’s Fort, a barricaded pub at the junction of North King Street and Church Street. In return, he will be sentenced to death by court-martial.
Frank has acquitted himself as a sharpshooter from his eyrie up high at the Jameson Distillery malthouse, inflicting serious casualties when British troops try to overrun Reilly’s Fort. His luck holds out when a ricocheted bullet grazes his face. The brothers have flaunted death and witnessed it around them, losing friends and comrades, but by Sunday the last shot has been fired. A revolutionary flag flutters defiantly at the barricade on North King Street, still standing after five long nights since Easter Monday.