I work as a Research Assistant in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. Conversations for care is a knowledge exchange project co-created with Aoife O’Higgins. Our aim was to engage people in the care community including care experienced people, foster and kinship carers, social workers, virtual schools, residential care workers, researchers and others, and stimulate discussions about care and how young people’s experiences of care can be improved. We did this through monthly Twitter chats and outreach activities at the University of Oxford. To find out more please visit our website or find us on Twitter at #CareConvos. Care in the time of Covid is a project that explores the day to day lives of care experienced adults in the UK during COVID-19. We want to know how the care community is coping and what helps them. We want to record their experiences in history.
I am also a Doctoral Researcher at University of Southampton under the supervision of Ms Rebecca Smith. The focus of my research is the representations of orphans and care leavers in fiction. I am examining the research through the lens of both creative and critical practice. The creative piece will explore my experiences of leaving care as well as considering the positive aspect that reading fiction has had on my life.
I am a campaigner for care leavers and in 2013, helped set up the Every Child Leaving Care Matters campaign.
I was Creative Director of Greenacre Writers where I ran writing groups, workshops and festivals.
Among other activities, I curated the art exhibition at the Care Experienced Conference in April, 2019. Here is a write up about the conference from a talk: Oxford Children’s Rights Network at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights
For a full list of my work, see here.
I have known Rosie for a number of years and what strikes me is her level of commitment and dedication to a cause she believes in. Her drive to document the fictional lives of people in care is remarkable and unique. Only the most compassionate of all of us could undertake her task. The stories she has researched are harrowing and heartbreaking but she is determined that these tales should be read by all to increase empathy for all people who have been through the care system. I cannot reccomend her highly enough. – Alex Wheatle, Author, Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (2016)
I first met Rosie when she invited me to speak at The Finchley Literature Festival in 2014, an incredibly well organised event with a really diverse group of authors. It was then that I realised how much of a powerhouse Rosie is, encouraging new writers, creating platforms for established authors, and providing audiences with inspiring talks – and all at the same time as furthering her own academic and creative writing career. Rosie is an excellent networker, with a clear passion for bringing readers and writers together. – Caitlin Davies, Author
I met Rosie in November 2014 at a children’s conference jointly organised by Glyndwr University and The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities. The following year Rosie delivered a presentation about her research, “The representation of orphans and care leavers in literature”, at the 2015 children’s conference and during Care Leavers Week 2016 she presented again at, “HANDLE WITH ‘Therapeutic’ CARE”, the main conference hosted by The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities. In 2017, Rosie is co-led a residential writers group hosted by TCTC which is bringing care leavers with literary aspirations together with published authors in a therapeutic community to tell their story. Rosie’s passion for books and creative writing is infective, she is an admirable ambassador for care leavers and a highly recommended memorable speaker with creative ability to reach the audience. – Amanda Knowles, The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities