Author Archives: Rosie Canning

Burnished: Burnside Life Stories, compiled by Kate Shayler

Book Review by Dee Michell Kate Shayler is one of my Real Life Super Heroes. Her mother died when she was 4 and Kate went to live at the Burnside Presbyterian Homes for Children, located in North Parramatta, New South … Continue reading

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Stories Shared with Amanda Knowles MBE

When Janet Rich, founder of The Care Leavers Foundation, approached me about running a writing event for care leavers during National Care Leavers Week 2017, I jumped at the opportunity.  My business partner and I were long-time supporters of The … Continue reading

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My Fantasy Father

Imagine if some higher power decided that on a specific day at a specific time, doors -and we’re talking the ten foot reinforced steel type – that had for all your life held secret information were suddenly and without warning … Continue reading

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Shaped by Silence: Stories from the Inmates of the Good Shepherd Laundries and Reformatories by Rie Croll

Book Review by Dee Michell Rie Croll is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, a province of Canada. Her background is in therapeutic counselling where she worked with sexually abused children and women. Croll … Continue reading

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Through the Wardrobe

The day before I started my new role as Aoife O’Higgins‘ Research Assistant at University of Oxford; I stayed at St Stephen’s, a theology college founded in 1876. In the room was a huge wardrobe and I couldn’t help but step inside, just … Continue reading

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Working Class and Proud?

Over the last 18 months, I’ve noticed a lot of comments and discussions particularly on Twitter about working class writing and how this is an area within publishing that is still under-represented. Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon (2016) … Continue reading

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Who Cares? Scotland – Media Panel

I’d been keeping schtum for a while. It was difficult as I’d had some exciting news that unfortunately had to be embargoed due to a sudden news story that included a very negative portrayal of care experienced people. The headline … Continue reading

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Reflections From The Care Experience Conference

Home! After a hectic and mind blowing few days. Though the reality is more like a whirlwind two years. An idea from ‘the man that dreamed a dream’, Ian Dickson’s vision was to ‘organise a national conference for care experienced … Continue reading

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Jae-Dee Survives the Home of Many Mothers by Jae-Dee Collier

Book Review by Dee Michell For days I have been haunted by Jae-Dee Collier’s story, Jae-Dee Survives the Home of Many Mothers. Partly the haunting comes from memories when I lived close to the Goodwood Orphanage in Millswood, an inner … Continue reading

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No One Was Watching by Annie Horner

Book Review by Dee Michell Annie Horner’s 2018 book, No One Was Watching, opens with a short story—’A New Kitchen’—reflective of her own first encounter with ‘Forgotten Australians’. Horner was at a party when she overheard a woman talking about … Continue reading

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