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All the Good Things – Clare Fisher: Q&A

Clare Fisher was born in Tooting, south London in 1987. After accidentally getting obsessed with writing fiction when she should have been studying for a BA in History at the University of Oxford, Clare completed an MA in Creative and … Continue reading

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Brixton Rock Short Film

Last night I went to see Brixton Rock, the short film, based on Alex Wheatle’s novel of the same name. It was held in Brixton Library and apart from the title, and the location of the book, it was also … Continue reading

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The Patron Saint of Care Leavers

Yesterday I attended the Royal Court to listen to The Report read by Julie Hesmondhalgh to Lemn Sissay. Lemn opened the evening by reading what he’d written on his blog: “A few weeks ago I sat down in a beige interview room … Continue reading

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PhD Block?

Doing a PhD is very much a self-directed, self-disciplined experience. I write words on a page hoping they will fuse and one day create a novel about a care leaver managing her life from sixteen to eighteen in the late … Continue reading

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The English Daughter by Maggie Wadey

As an established screenwriter, Maggie Wadey is known for bringing stories to life on screen – her credits include Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, The Yellow Wallpaper, and Stig of the Dump. But it was only later in life that she … Continue reading

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Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

Two grand old houses, inhabited by the Nivens and the Sheringhams, who between them lost four sons in the great war. It was March 30th 1924. It was Mothering Sunday. Milly had her mother to go to. But the Nivens’ … Continue reading

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Top Twelve Reads 2016

My plan at the beginning of 2016 was to read Orphan Lit and review it. Here are some of my favourite reads, in no particular order, some reviewed and some not, from last year and nearly all of them feature … Continue reading

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Notes from a PhD networking event

Only connect: NAWE PhD network for postgraduates in Creative Writing held a networking event at Birkbeck last Saturday, 3rd December. The afternoon began with an introduction from Seraphima Kennedy, Programme Director for NAWE, who gave a brief overview of how … Continue reading

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Gulwali Passarlay

Yesterday I attended the NNECL National Network for the Education of Care Leavers conference at the University of the West of England (UWE). NNECL was established in June 2013 by higher education institutions and national organisations committed to the progression … Continue reading

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The Mountain in My Shoe

Just in time for National Care Leavers Week #NCLW16, I’m very pleased to welcome Louise Beech to the blog today. As a writer, Louise is inspired by life, history, survival and love, and always has a story in her head. … Continue reading

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