Researching oral history is at the heart of what I do to bring story ideas to life. You need to know how people lived in order to write a historical novel. So I turn to the legacy of what people said and wrote about their thoughts and experiences, loves and loss, hopes and dreams. And through my characters I do my very best to honour their lives because, without them, my books could never be written. Here are some pieces exploring the riches I have come across when researching oral history for my journeys into the past.