'You'd be affronted if you knew that a fifty-two year old woman was reading what you'd written, and you'd be amazed to know that that woman was a published writer with more than a passing association with you.'
'I have seven older brothers. In the seventies, when I was still very young, I can remember waking up at night to the house full of soldiers and policemen. To cupboards being emptied. The boys being led away. This was during Internment.'
Bernie McGill on how looking at maps offers insights into long-vanished worlds, enabling her to envisage events from the distant past.
The gift of a poem from Seamus Heaney to the author’s mother unlocked childhood memories for Bernie McGill of the ‘settle bed’ which is the subject of the poem, and of the elderly woman to whom it belonged.