Sons Find Writing about Fathers Harrowing

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Sons Find Writing about Fathers Harrowing


The towering childhood figure of the father is examined in a powerful new literary collection. Ray French grew up in an Newport. His father, Patrick, was an economic migrant from Ireland who refused to accept that Wales was now his home.

James Nash, an accomplished poet, lived in the shadow of a domineering father who had left the Rhondda Valley for a successful career in the Army; in an acutely rendered story he details how this former boxer acknowledges his son's homosexuality.

The two stories form half of the Four Fathers: Stories by Sons compilation from the Route publishing house.

French, who has enjoyed enthusiastic reviews for his latest novel, All This Is Mine, said all the writers found it emotionally harrowing to explore this subject in non-fiction. Public performances have been particularly challenging.

He said, 'It was really difficult to read out the pieces. We all felt quite shaken up by it.'

His father still lives in Newport, despite pledging throughout his life as a factory worker and labourer that he would return to Ireland. Mr French is now a father to Anna, who is six.

He said that fatherhood had brought an overwhelming emotion of love and a sense of responsibility. It has also been alarming for him to watch his daughter display some of his character traits.

'No matter how hard you try, you will transfer some of your own hang-ups to your own child,' he said.

His father was glad when his son went to university and escaped the labouring life.

Mr French said, 'When I got my degree his response was, 'That's nice. You'll probably get a nice job inside now."

He was deeply moved by Mr Nash's portrait of a father who could shock with both his fury and his empathy and is excited by the response to the project. …

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