An interesting and thought provoking seminar on narrative research took place recently, in the busy first week of teaching at UEL. Members of staff from the fields of psychology, psycho-social studies, social work, cultural studies, education and refugee studies, presented to a diverse audience, an eclectic range of empirical research findings and pedagogical applications of narrative approaches. All the presentations provoked lively intellectual debate and raised fundamental philosophical questions at the very heart of narrative research. One “narrative” that ran through these discussions concerned the question of emotion and affect, of how the narrative researchers make sense of emotion, often when these narratives of affect are often “unspoken” and in the case of Giorgio Donna’s research in Rwanda “unspeakable”. How do we make sense of those narratives that cannot be spoken or articulated? How do we make sense of the contradictions, the good and bad narratives? What narratives do we chose to privilege over others and how do narrative researchers enable the voices of the participants to be heard?