Hello! My name is Rosie Canning and I live in Finchley, North London.
I’m doing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Southampton under the supervision of Ms Rebecca Smith. My thesis title is: Hiraeth: Finding a Fictional Home.* The focus of my research is the representations of orphans and care leavers in fiction. I’ll also be collating a history of literary orphans. I want to examine the research through the lens of both creative and critical practice. This means that I will write an autobiographical novel and a critical thesis. The creative piece will explore my own experiences of leaving care as well as considering the positive aspect that reading fiction has had on my life.
The aim of this blog is to write about orphan literature and the process of doing a PhD and writing a novel.
I am a campaigner for care leavers and helped set up the Every Child Leaving Care Matters campaign.
*Hiraeth: A homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning. The grief for the lost places of the past.
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