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This is not a memoir: case study of a memoir-in-progress

Richardson, Heather (2017). This is not a memoir: case study of a memoir-in-progress. New Writing: The International Journal For the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 14(2) pp. 160–166.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/14790726.2016.1264077
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Abstract

In this creative exposition on the process of researching and remembering, novelist and short story writer Heather Richardson examines the motives and methodologies behind her first attempt at writing memoir. The narrative focuses on the experiences of one ordinary family during the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ in the 1970s and 1980s, exploring the discrepancies between the child’s-eye-view memory, and a more problematic adult understanding in the present day. The article considers how the conflicting drivers of concealment and curiosity feed into the creative output of a writer who emerges from this background.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Informa UK Limited
ISSN: 1943-3107
Keywords: Memoir; Northern Ireland; troubles; post-conflict; soldiers; creative exposition
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)
Research Group: Contemporary Cultures of Writing
Item ID: 48566
Depositing User: Heather Richardson
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 15:10
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/48566
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