“When you hope for a happy ending, you think it is just a fantasy. You never believe it is going to happen. You believe you are destined to die, because you lose the will to live” – Lynda Barton
I hate the snow. More importantly I hate when the country comes to a standstill and I can’t get where I need to go – on time and with ease. Sure, it’s very pretty…but only if you don’t need to go anywhere or do anything!
I guess the positive side to this weather is the free time I have. I’ve used the time to catch up on emails, say hello to old friends and listen to stuff I’d put on the back burner. I’m a huge radio fan – and love radio documentaries specifically – but because I work in Current Affairs radio it’s difficult to find the time to listen to them.
One doc I listened to last weekend is part of the RTE Documentary on One series and titled, “8 Years On”. A friend of mine from college Chris Cleary produced the documentary and so I was especially interested in hearing the final product.
The piece is based on Chris’ relationship with his mother and the story of her journey as a young drug addict to a recovered adult. Narrated by Chris himself, the hour-long journey is personal without being cringey and although the subject is a serious one , a wink and a laugh from Chris brings a sense of warmth and dissolves any possible awkwardness for the listener. Chris’ mother Lynda is a remarkable central character – and her gentle north Dublin accent draws you in immediately and keeps you there for the duration of the tale. Chris also uses the voices of his brother, uncle and his mother’s sponsor to tell the story but ultimately it is the very frank chats he has with his mum that really makes the documentary special.
If you’re interested in personal stories, Irish documentaries or radio in general – I’d highly recommend that you give this a listen!
PS. Congrats Chris! Can’t wait to hear your next piece!