In June 2007, Sarah Shaftoe embarked on a new life in Sydney, Australia with her husband and three children. Initially, Sarah found it difficult to deal with being so far from her family and friends who were back in the North of England, and claims that she will always feel a connection to the place in which she grew up. However, after living in Australia for seven years, she also perceives Australia as her home now, despite the times when she has regretted some of their decisions regarding where they chose to live in Australia.

‘Tears and Trust’ – Critique

My favourite ‘emotional histories’ piece was the ‘Tears and Trust’ story, due to the emotion that the story held. The piece included a healthy mixture of both emotional and humorous connotations, an example being the reference to the “birds and thr birds, and the bees and the bees”. The ambient sounds of the cutlery when discussing sitting down to dinner and the sounds of a school playground when discussing the bullying at school assisted in the telling of the story and allowed the listener to become more involved and a part of the story. The background music also enhanced both the tone and the mood of the story, and the closeness of the relationship between Zachary and his mother is also very evident. The story is told at a good pace; not too quickly and not too slowly, the edited very well. The story is very gripping as every piece of information is relevant to the story, and by the end of Zachary’s speech, the listener is able to feel a connection to both the subject and the situation.

Assessment One: Reflection

    For my first JRNL102 assessment, I decided to choose my mum as my interviewee. My main goal was to investigate her decisions to move our family from the North of England to Sydney, Australia in June 2007, and discover her initial reactions to the new environment. Through conducting the interview, I am hoping to express both the difficulties that come with moving from one country to another whilst leaving the majority of your family behind in the process, and also portray the eventual sense of belonging that can occur once a migrant has established a connection with their new environment. 

    I hope to use a selection of ambient sounds to assist with the mood of the interview, such as the landing of a plane and the sound of rainfall. I am not necessarily aiming for the mood of the interview to be particularly sad or particularly happy, but rather a mixture of both so as to present both the pros and cons of migrating to another country. I believe that the point of suspense in the interview would be when my mum recounts some of her initial regrets in moving out to Australia.