Himself in Exile
Philip Davenport’s autobiography gives a child’s-eye-view of the conflict in Northern Ireland 1960s-70s. But this isn’t just one story, it’s many stories – the stories of those who were also children during the conflict. And here too are the wounded warriors: ex-soldiers and ex-paramilitaries…
“A toy machine gun that belongs to Nice Adam up the road. That gun gets first prize. Shiny colours, painted onto tin like a clockwork Christmas decoration. Own a machine gun, you own the world.”
HIMSELF IN EXILE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN MANY VOICES
An English boy finds himself caught in a civil war in the 1960s-70s, in Northern Ireland. He doesn’t understand what’s going on, doesn’t see the difference between the sides and most of all doesn’t want his dad to die.
Philip Davenport’s autobiography is written from any child’s point-of-view, as “you”. But this isn’t just one story, it’s many stories. Woven around it are other people’s testimonies, stories of those who were also children during the Northern Ireland conflict. And here too are the wounded warriors: ex-soldiers and ex-paramilitaries. The full interviews (extracted in the book) are below as a permanent online archive.
Different lives co-exist, contradict, make their myths together, all in the eye of a sniper with a toy gun.
PROJECT FUNDED BY ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
Eamonn Baker, peace worker: “This juxtaposition of autobiographical and transcribed audio, this interweaving working its spell… off-kilter cruelty and a grim comic edge… A child at the mercy of this merciless adult world.”
The wee children