Life Story with Turtle Bunbury
Audio Interviews with your Family Elders
How often do we lament the loss of family members whose stories were not recorded?
An experienced interviewer, with an expert knowledge of Irish history, Turtle gently guides his interviewees from childhood to the present day, capturing the important milestones and memories of their lives for future generations to enjoy.
All interviews are recorded remotely, sensitively edited and presented as an audio recording, which can be shared with your family and friends as you wish.
Interviews can also be transcribed into a book, along with family pictures. Please contact us for further details.
- Delivery of an interview pack comprising of a MacBook laptop, headphones and microphone.
- Technical set up support (guiding you through the simple set up of the equipment in preparation for the interview.)
- Pre-interview correspondence (it can be very helpful to speak with the interviewee beforehand in order to create familiarity beforehand.
- Background information (we ask for a close friend or family member to advises us on any key subjects that could spark memories during the interview)
- The interview (usually circa 60 minutes, though longer if required.)
- A week following the interview, you will receive a carefully edited interview as an audio recording, which can be easily shared with family and friends.
“I listened, captivated by Turtles polished interview skills. His voice was gentle but inquisitive and warm. I was so, so proud of my Mum as she spoke with clarity and eloquence. A wonderful experience.”
“Immense pride filled our hearts as we listened to our Dad recall his youth and sea faring adventures. With a very relaxed interview style, Turtle’s questions led to a very natural and warm conversation in which we were wholeheartedly engrossed and engaged. Thank you for this treasure!”
“To hear your grandmother speak honestly and tell her history is powerful and enchanting. Something to have for ever and to never forget where we have come from.”
“The recording of our 97 year old father, has been amazingly beneficial for our family. My father is delighted to have shared his memories of Ireland long ago. We now have a permanent record of his voice and stories, and our family has shared the interview with relatives and friends, in Ireland and overseas. This is a present for present and future generations.”
“How many times do we say, we should write down some of the stories that older relatives used to tell, and then one day, sadly, it is too late? Having Nana interviewed by Turtle was fantastic – our family will always have a record of her stories in her own voice. You can never know someone else really, but the stories and memories that Nana chose to share are a glimpse into her own inner life.”
A Sample Interview with Mary Stack
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when I buy an interview?
You will be sent an email by Turtle’s team to discuss a suitable time to record the remote interview and any outstanding questions.
What does a remote interview mean?
Turtle’s team will courier you a package containing a laptop, a microphone and headphones. We ask you to have someone with reasonable technical ability on site to oversee the simple audio setup, or it may be possible for one of our team to go on site. Interviewees are encouraged to wear headphones and to speak as closely to the microphone as possible.
Where can the interview take place?
All you need is a good internet connection so we can link up with our producers but we urge you to find a place that is silent, without noise of radios, telephones, doorbells or other possible distractions.
Who will do the interview?
Turtle has over 25 years’ experience interviewing Ireland’s older generations for the award-winning Vanishing Ireland project. He has a gentle interviewing technique that puts people at ease as he guides them through the years. As well as the core stories of each interviewee’s life, he gathers important details about the people and places they knew in their younger years.
How do we prepare?
Turtle or one of his team will talk with you beforehand about the topics of conversation you would like to focus on. We recommend that you also discuss the likely topics with the interviewee beforehand so that names and dates are top of mind.
Does the interview have to be remote?
It may be possible for Turtle and the production team to meet interviewees in person although we do recommend the remote interview. As well as being the safe option in the Covid age, the remote microphone tends to focus the speaker’s mind.
How do we listen?
After they have given the interview a polish by the producers, Turtle’s team will email you a link to an audio-file that can be easily down-loaded and shared with all your family, capturing those invaluable memories and voices for present and future family generations.
Turtle is the author of the best-selling Vanishing Ireland book series, with the photographer, James Fennell, in which he interviewed over 200 elderly members of Irish society about their lives and times. These evocative books have received awards and global acclaim from the Irish diaspora. The Vanishing Ireland podcast series launched in 2021 and can be listened to here.