A. L. Kennedy

 “Go into any place where history is stored and listen. Hold your breath. Hear how still it is. Librarians and archivists will keep their visitors quiet, but this particular silence has nothing to do with them, It runs through buzzing computer rooms and waits in busy record offices, it is always there. It is the sound of nothingness. It is the huge, invisible, silent roar of the people who are too small to record. They disappear and leave the past inhabited only by murderers and prodigies and saints.”

[A.L. Kennedy: ‘The role of notable silences in Scottish history’, in Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains, (Vintage, London, 2004, p. 64)]

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