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Waving at soldiers

Richardson, Heather (2015). Waving at soldiers. European Journal of Life Writing, 4 C7-C18.

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Abstract

For most writers the first experience of narrative comes from within the family. Facts, opinions, distortions and – very occasionally – truth, are shaped into family stories. A first-time memoirist such as myself has to acknowledge her own unreliability as a narrator, and must unpick real from false memory, the accidently misremembered from the downright lie. In this piece I chart the uncomfortable experience of remembering and writing about growing up during the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’, focusing on the life and death of my Aunt’s husband. He was a British soldier serving in Northern Ireland during the worst years of the Troubles in the early 70s and latterly a constable in the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). From their peculiar wedding in my parents’ front room to his death in a car crash five years later, exploring his story has confronted me with the long-denied impact of the Northern Irish conflict on my practice as a writer and teacher of creative writing.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Heather Richardson
ISSN: 2211-243X
Keywords: memoir; Northern Ireland; soldiers
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 43776
Depositing User: Heather Richardson
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2015 09:48
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 11:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43776
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