Opie collection of children's games & songs

Opie, Iona (3 of 6) Cathy Courtney Oral History Collection

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    interviewee's home

  • Interviewees

    Opie, Iona 1947- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Wright, Elizabeth (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: PO’s autobiography. PO’s education. Theft of PO’s toys. Zoetrope; wheel of life. PO’s tumbling toy; soft toys. IO joining up re Second World War; Meteorological Section. Left home when joined up; parents. IO evacuated to Devonshire before joining up. Details joining up, training; getting to know London; posting to Wiltshire; education programme. Impact of war on IO and PO. PO’s politics. IO aged 17; avidity for ideas. PO and war. PO’s intensity. PO and BBC. IO first meeting PO. PO’s autobiography; Foyles luncheon; ‘Youth Takes a Bow’. PO and marriage, fatherhood. PO’s publishing job. After marriage PO lived in millhouse near where IP was stationed. PO’s income; early married life. Wedding.

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    Life story interview with Iona Opie (1923-2017), folklorist.

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