Listening Project

Conversation between project worker and client, Fiona and Neil, about Neil's difficult family background and his experience of living in a homeless shelter.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    BBC Blackstaff House, Belfast

  • Interviewees

    Anderson, Fiona, 1975- (female, Social Worker), Burns, Neil, 1979- (male, Unemployed)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio Ulster

  • Recordist

    Garrett, Conor

  • Abstract

    Neil talks about living in a homeless shelter in Belfast and says he feels comparatively lucky to be doing so. Fiona congratulates Neil on his positive attitude and both discuss the importance of literature and creativity. Neil describes his difficult family background and Fiona asks if living in a hostel has been an obstacle to Neil having a loving relationship. Neil explains how he lost his place at university after being unable to pay his tuition fees. Both speculate on Neil's future.

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    The Listening Project conversations collectively form a picture of our lives and relationships today. Recordings were made by BBC producers of people sharing an intimate conversation, lasting up to an hour and on a topic of the speakers' choice.

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    Photograph of participants

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