Author Archives: Rosie Canning

The Homes by J.B. Mylet

Book Review by Dee Michell When I told a friend I was reading The Homes by J.B. Mylet, a murder mystery set in an orphanage, he responded by saying: “aren’t all orphanages and children’s homes crime scenes?” To Mylet’s credit, … Continue reading

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Rousseau and The Paris Foundling Hospital

Born: 28 June 1712 Geneva Died: 2 July 1778 Ermenonville Partner: Thérèse Levasseur (1745–1778) Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a philosopher, writer, and composer. He was in kinship and foster care as a child. Rousseau’s mother died shortly after his birth and his father abandoned … Continue reading

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My Name is Leon

My Page Forty-Three… “When Sir Lenny Henry was narrating the audiobook version of Kit de Waal’s novel My Name Is Leon, he had decided by lunchtime on the first day of recording that he wanted to make a TV version … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Louise Beech

Louise Beech remembers sitting in her father’s cross-legged lap while he tried to show her his guitar’s chords. He’s a musician. Her small fingers stumbled and gave up. She was three. His music sheets fascinated her – such strange language … Continue reading

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The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie

This is part of a talk I gave for Care Experience & Culture about Interrupted Childhoods earlier this year. I wanted to discuss in a bit more detail about one particular inspirational story, Someone to Love Us (2010) and the … Continue reading

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A Conversation With Susan Francis

The Love That Remains by Susan Francis When she was a baby, Susan Francis was privately adopted from a doctor’s practice in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. She grew up and travelled the world, living in Southern Spain, England, Indonesia and the … Continue reading

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Vicarious (Secondary) Trauma

Vicarious: that which is experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person. Vicarious Trauma or Vicarious Secondary Trauma is a complicated subject and this post only skims the surface. Vicarious trauma (VT) and Secondary Traumatic Stress … Continue reading

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A Letter to Yusuf

One in a million, and sadly one in over one hundred and seventy thousand. This is a letter I began writing over a year ago and which I finally feel able to finish. Part of this letter appears in the … Continue reading

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The Stolen Child by Sanjida Kay

Review by Vasundra Tailor This is a story about a seven-year old child called Evie who is adopted at birth by a loving couple living in the beautiful setting of the Yorkshire Moors. It is also a story about Zoe, … Continue reading

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Letters to Gil by Malik Al Nasir

Book Review by Dee Michell Letters to Gil by Malik Al Nasir is more than a memoir, it is a tribute to Malik’s long-time mentor, teacher, and friend, the legendary poet, musician, and writer, Gil Scott-Heron. In 1984, Malik Al … Continue reading

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