I am 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 hope to complete the PhD by 2021.
In collaboration with Dr Dee Michell, University of Adelaide, we have created Care Experience & Culture, a digital archive, the first of its kind that features care experienced literature, spoken word, academic material, sport and Film/TV. Funding for the development of the website has been provided by The Welland Trust, UK.
I’m a founding member of the Alliance for Care Experience People in Higher Education (ACEPHE) an international support organisation for those with care experience who are studying and working in universities.
I worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. Conversations for care #CareConvos was 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. We did this through monthly Twitter chats and outreach activities at the University of Oxford. Care in the time of Covid was a project that explored the day to day lives of care experienced adults in the UK during COVID-19. We wanted to know how the care community is coping and what helps them. We also wanted to record their experiences in history.
A Portrait of Care was a collaboration between myself and University of Southampton, Widening Participation department and Dr Aoife O’Higgins. It was an online exhibition via Instagram using self-portraiture as a way to combat the negative stereotypes people have about children in care.
Among other activities, I co-organised Your Life Your Story and curated the art exhibition for 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.
2009-2020 Co-Founder/Organiser of Greenacre Writers – writing groups, workshops. 2012-2016 Founder/Organiser Finchley Literary Festival. #diverseauthorday in September 2015. We had some amazing contributions, read about the authors that were involved here.
From 2014-2017 I was Volunteer Coordinator for Hackney Christmas Dinner (founded by Lemn Sissay). I am a campaigner for care leavers, and in 2013, helped set up the Every Child Leaving Care Matters campaign.
Rosie and I worked together on a writers workshop for care experienced adults and I can highly recommend working with her. Rosie used all her writing skills, publishing knowledge and scholarship with the group, enabling the use of many strategies to support people in starting their writing. It was hugely successful and everyone benefitted so much from her writer wisdom. – Lisa Cherry, Author, International Trainer and Consultant.
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