Listening Project

Conversation between grandmother and grandson, Marlene and Christopher, about their family history and life in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    BBC Radio Ulster, Belfast

  • Interviewees

    Thomson, Marlene, 1950- (female, Retired teacher), Martin, Christopher, 1994- (male, Student)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio Ulster

  • Recordist

    Garrett, Conor

  • Abstract

    Marlene tells Christopher about her grandparents and parents, the hardships her father experienced in life and the lack of choices he had. She tells Christopher how her father became a foreman in the Belfast shipyard and tells him how important it is to enjoy your job. She asks Christopher about the choices he is making and both discuss the different generations they come from and whether he wants to go to university or not. She describes Northern Ireland's recent history and life there during the Troubles. Christopher asks his grandmother what advice she can offer him.

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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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