Tall And True Short Reads

Memories and Imagination

Episode 64 (12 December 2022)

The writer John Banville observed, “Memory is imagination, and imagination is memory. I don’t think we remember the past, we imagine it.” I have vivid memories of my early childhood (I believe they’re memories, not imagination), which is why the #5YearOldSelfie hashtag challenge on social media caught my eye.


Memories and Imagination

Show Notes

Season Three: Episode 64 (12 December 2022)

Memories and Imagination is a memoir piece from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read the piece: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/nonfiction/biography-memoir/memories-and-imagination

Link to my #5YearOldSelfie tweet on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tallandtrue/status/1159625729455222784

Young Minds UK: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/

John Banville: http://john-banville.com/

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Episode Insight

I wrote Memories and Imagination in August 2019, inspired by the hashtag #5YearOldSelfie challenge on social media. And the “Memory is imagination, and imagination is memory” quote by Irish author John Banville, whose 2005 Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sea, I’d just read.

As I admitted in the piece, I invoked a writer’s licence for the challenge. For a start, I didn’t “tag three friends to help spread the love” on social media. And in the photo posted, I was closer to four than five. But unlike my son and his generation, born and raised in the digital age, I don’t have hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of photos of the younger me.

The three things I told the child in the photo, however, were from the heart:

  • Don’t cry, you’re not the only one in the world whose parents have separated.
  • Tomatoes and peas aren’t that yucky, but you’re right about Brussels sprouts.
  • And save up your pocket money and buy Apple shares.

And sorry, Mum, I didn’t imagine the guinea pig. I remember having one when I was five.

I hope you enjoyed my memories and imagination. You can read this memoir piece and all my short stories, blog posts and other writing at TallAndTrue.com. You can also buy my short story collections, including my latest collection, Twelve More Furious Months, from the Amazon Kindle and Kobo online bookstores — links are available in the show notes.

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Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

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