Stories from the Inside: The Prisons Memory Archive

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A close textual reading of the online-available recording of ex-prison officer, John Heatherington, who is filmed as he returns to the site of the Maze and Long Kesh Prison, which was the largest prison oeperating during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Using the empty site as stimulant for his memory, John recalls the tension, violence and dark humour of the period, while also showing exceptional empathy for all those, including prisoners, who passed through the prison system.The interview is taken from the Prisons Memory Archive ( and, as director of the PMA, I have a particular insight to the recording process and John's special contribution to it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPost-Conflict Literature
Subtitle of host publicationHuman Rights, Peace, Justice
EditorsChris Andrews, Matt McGuire
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-68974-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-91630-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameInterdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature


  • Prisons
  • Post Conflict
  • Ireland
  • Documentary film
  • Troubles


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