Listening Project

Conversation between husband and wife, Andrew and Fran, about family relationships and identity, with regards to national identity and being adopted.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    Andrew and Fran's home

  • Interviewees

    Hollinrake, Andrew, 1966- (male, Archaeologist), Hollinrake, Fran Flett, 1967- (female, Cathedral Custodian)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio Scotland

  • Recordist

    McArthur, Victoria

  • Abstract

    Fran talks about national identity, she has Scottish parents but grew up in England. She spent her life saying she was Scottish but now she wants to embrace Englishness. Andrew's identity is discussed with regards to the fact that he always knew he was adopted. He knows who his birth mother is due to personal research and thinks he also knows his father's identity. He is more open to meeting his mother now but is concerned about the feelings of his adopted mother. Fran has a difficult relationship with her brother, she describes him as a "troubled soul". There is resentment there, he resented Fran for being 'normal'. Now she accepts her brother's distance. There is a bit of jealousy from Andrew towards his sister, she has a lot of money but maybe not the work/life balance. He loves his and Fran's lifestyle together on Orkney and was "largely untroubled by ambition" but now loves writing and uncovering local history. They talk about how they will be going into business together soon.

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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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