One of Helen’s reasons for wanting to record an Audio Autobiography was to document her experience of living with deafblindness.
This video is lifted from a moment toward the end of our conversation, when I invited Helen to share her thoughts on what we can all do to make life a little easier for differently abled people.
I couldn’t stop at sharing one video from this particular interview. Helen is a really interesting person,
who has travelled all over the world, so I just had to share another little clip with some details of her many adventures!
What Helen said about her Audio Autobiography experience:
‘We connected over Zoom for a short while just to introduce ourselves and check that it was workable as I have dual sensory impairment which may have made things a bit difficult. But as it was, it felt, from my part at least, a very natural thing to do although I was a bit nervous beforehand – but as soon as we started, that feeling all just melted away.
Much to my surprise, I did manage to carry on talking for a longer length of time than I expected, but when I did begin to dry up on occasion, Gillian was there to help pick things up again with well chosen and appropriate questions so that things could roll on smoothly without any moments of feeling uncomfortable and wondering what to talk about next.
Gillian herself says she is a good listener and without a doubt, I would agree with that.
Her warm northernness certainly did much to allay any nerves and fears of doing my audio autobiography and Gillian’s encouragement was very real and helpful in verbalising and articulating some shadows of the past without any pressure to reveal more than was comfortable.’