of the Past by Marion Riley
tell us about yourself:
Born in Limerick, Ireland. Emigrated to Manchester aged 14. Worked
in Madrid, Geneva, Sardinia (for the Aga Khan). Speak Italian and Spanish
reasonably well and less well French. Worked as medical secretary/unit
secretary for 20 years.
two children aged 15 and 32. I have two grandchildren, one is 12 months
old and the other is three-years-of-age at the time of writing.
the Manchester Irish writers. Poems and short stories published in anthologies.
Also won and have been short listed for many poetry and short story competitions.
people from other cultures and nationalities. My hobbies are cycling,
squash, swimming, languages, gardening, playing the piano, reading and
are to live long enough to see my sons children as I had him late
in life, and to have a novel published, dont we all?
your story about?
My English maternal grandmother who lived in Co. Kerry during the time
of the 'Black and Tans' and the civil war.
the life of an Irishman she risked her own life and those of her family.
She and her
two daughters, one of them my mother aged six escaped by horse and cart
to a beach where they huddled together in the dark before being rowed
out into the wild Atlantic at dawn, where they were rescued by a British
you choose to tell this particular story?
I was always very proud of being Irish and hardly ever let on my grandmother
was English. This was my opportunity of making amends. Two
days prior to storytelling circle, I found her silver white curls in an
envelope which inspired me further to write about her.
the experience of making your digital story like?
Exciting. Exhilarating. An opportunity I wouldnt have missed for
anything. Listening to other participants, I realised how much wealth
of material everyone carries inside them no matter how quiet
their lives seem to be.
It gave me
ideas for stories and reinforced how poignant and transient life is. The
team were welcoming, warm and supportive, offering advice yet allowing
us the final say in our own precious stories.