Chris McIvor‘We were forcibly evicted from the swings and roundabouts’
Duration: 19m 55s
Recorded: 13 August 2018
About this recording
In the first of three recordings, Chris McIvor looks back on his Wick childhood and, in particular, his early years living in Green Road. He recalls the commotion caused one day by a cow escaping from the slaughterhouse across the road, and how parts of the nearby playing fields were regarded as distinct territories by children from different neighbourhoods in the surrounding area. Chris also talks about his parents – his father Sandy was a radio officer, originally from Perth, while his mother Rose was from eastern Germany. Having a German middle name was to prove embarrassing at times for Chris when he was young as it led to some serious ribbing from other children.
After breaking off from his studies to take up a teaching post in Sudan, Chris has gone on to spend more than 25 years working in overseas aid in countries such as Zimbabwe, Cuba, Morocco, Egypt, Mozambique, Haiti and Jamaica and he is currently the country director for Save the Children in Sri Lanka.
In the second recording Chris reveals how, as a child with a vivid imagination, he feared there was a monstrous creature lurking in the vicinity of Wick’s Black Stairs.
In the third recording, Chris will outline some the work he has done in his long career with Save the Children and how rewarding it has been to help bring improvements to disadvantaged communities and to be immersed in different cultures around the world.
In 2005 he was awarded an OBE for his services on behalf of Save the Children in Zimbabwe.
Chris has written three books about his travels. The latest is The World is Elsewhere: My Life in Cuba and Other Places. It follows on from A Bend in the Nile: My Life in Sudan and Other Places, and In the Old Chief’s Country: My Life in Zimbabwe and Other Places.