Creative Writing Bolton Manchester:’Ribena’ Memory Roving and Trigger Points.

Sometimes we only need a ‘trigger’ point memory to retrieve something we may have ‘lost’ in our past. At the Phoenix Writers’ Group in Horwich Bolton,  we often explore different ‘triggers’ through workshops.  Here’s a simple trigger using a famous cordial- RIBENA! I remember being rather envious of houses where ‘ribena’ was readily available. It always semed an expensive drink that was for other people rather than for my brother and me. So when I thought of ‘ribena’ I found a short series of glimpses that had been tucked away sleeeping in the recesses of  my mind. The act of recollection reminds me of the movement of dominoes. ‘Ribena’ was the first domino. This memory anchor  then ‘nudged’ different domino memories, so  everything reanimated once again: my Aunty Joan, Shandy the dog, the cold kitchen in Hale; Oxford Road’s greatest clairvoyant,  who had the  the bluest of eyes and Aunty Joan’s Sunday evening ghost tales told over a steaming hot  iron.    There was always Ribena in my godmother’s house and sometimes chocolate biscuits. My godmother made a soft rustling sound as she moved about as she always wore pinnies and always claimed to have ‘something baking in the oven’.  We called her Auntie Joan Jude to differentiate her  from my biological Aunty Joan  who lived in Manchester and ironed every Sunday night. If I stayed there in Manchester, then I would sit in a
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