Listening Project

Conversation between facilitator and participator, Rebecca and Yvonne, about Yvonne's varied life and how she dealt with the death of her son.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    Yvonne's home

  • Interviewees

    Colgan, Yvonne, 1944- (female, Housewife, Farmer), Wood, Rebecca, 1983- (female, Broadcast Journalist)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio Stoke

  • Recordist

    Wood, Rebecca

  • Abstract

    Yvonne Colgan has had a very varied life. She was not allowed out when she was younger, got a job at 17 and decided she was going to marry a man who was 31 which meant going to court to get permission. She got permission but says with hindsight it was a big mistake. She then went with her husband to work around the country for the RSPCA and raised three boys. She worked in a glamorous nightclub where she was chatted up by all the stars and eventually moved back to North Staffordshire. Her son Andrew was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and decided to end his life at Dignitas in Zurich, he featured on Sir Terry Pratchett’s documentary. Her oldest son Brendan has recently had an illness and now has irreversible brain damage. Yvonne had no one to talk to but wanted to share her experiences of Andrew’s death and therefore spoke to Rebecca Wood, the producer. She says she is now incredibly lonely but her faith has helped to pull her through.

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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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