Local historian and prolific writer, Joe Baker, talks to Michael Elliott about his life and how it could have turned out very differently.
When Joe left school he could barely read and write. From the Barrack area of the New Lodge, Joe was constantly in and out of trouble. His interest in local history began in these days when he and his friends drank cider and sniffed glue in the local graveyard and the only real pastime was reading the tombstone inscriptions.
Joe got involved in the local community at a young age when he joined the 'Recy' community centre and attended meetings about anti-social activity. He has since worked tirelessly on issues such as housing and youth work, and contributed towards the establishment of the Ashton Centre.
Joe Baker recently published his autobiography entitled 'Hooligan to Historian: The Life and Times of Joe Baker (so far!)'.