Opie collection of children's games & songs

Opie, Iona (4 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 4: Wedding. Parents. Sister. WAF. Life after wedding. PO. [Interruption]. Observation about self since PO’s death. Having children. Professor Joad. First child, James. Feelings about marriage and working with PO. PO and children. Work. Daily routine. IO and PO’s relationship. Pressure of work. Seven years taken for nursery rhyme dictionary. PO and children. New Year’s Eve, 1950s; single time went out to dinner. Restricted social life. PO and his children. IO and her children. IO’s feelings about her life. Motherhood. PO’s mother and IO’s son James. Relationships between IO’s children. Both IO’s sons are collectors, influence IO and PO. James Opie an authority on Britten’s toy soldiers. Robert Opie an authority on British packaging. Recognising PO’s qualities after his death. Worry and anxiety re PO. Misapprehension of people who imagined IO and PO’s work was fun. Contradictions of writing down fleeting, oral playground rhymes; turning what was oral into something literary, dangers of spoiling it. IO to playground every week. For 12 years. Headteachers. Liss Junior School. Support from children for collecting games. Children creating drama out of everyday life [tape ends abruptly]

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

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