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.



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.

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