Memories on The Wireless Reader




I’m a fan of podcasts and sites about writing, so I’d like to draw your attention to a site by the broadcaster and novelist N Quentin Woolf (his powerful novel ‘Death of A Poet’ is out now from Serpent’s Tail) which has the participation of myself and others on subjects as diverse as Samuel Beckett and the imperfection of memories, ‘pieces of light’ and the past, on which I feature. It’s a great site, well worth bookmarking here.

3 comments on “Memories on The Wireless Reader”

  1. Vivienne says:

    Wonderful, thank you for that link. I do disagree about memory though. My earliest memories are rock solid and unchanging, although meeting up yesterday with my older sister she did not remember at all an incident in my childhood that I felt was pivotal and important, although why should she, as she was a minor participant and it could mean nothing to her.

  2. Dan Terrell says:

    Vivienne – My memories are also solid, but I find joint memories can be remembered in differing ways. And one individual’s memory of an incident may be more detailed than the exact same memory held by others. It is all very “self” oriented.
    How very difficult it must be to piece together a joint memory. You have to pity the police trying constuct witness statements.

  3. Helen Martin says:

    Two viewers, three versions and my Mother denied certain events as ever taking place, including the night it took her hours to get my ankle to stop bleeding after I’d gashed it on a broken bottle. I agree with Vivienne that events in which we take little part are not going to be remembered the way pivotal ones are, but memory is tricky. A couple of things I thought I remembered in a rock solid way have been differently described by others so I am a little more careful when citing them.

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