Eleanor Shearer – How post-memory affects storytelling

Eleanor Shearer’s debut is the acclaimed, ‘River Sing Me Home’. It follows Rachel, a slave set free in 1834, and now searching the Caribbean to find her children, stolen from her and sold to other plantations.

We talk about why her ancestors look over her writing, also about the exhibition she attended which reminded her of the stories that she’d wanted to write about, and how post-memory affected her storytelling.

You can hear why plotting for her is a very emotional thing, also why she likes to be surprised by structure, and how parking downhill is extremely helpful.

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