Category Archives: Care Leavers

Oi, You F*cker by Snowball

Book Review by Dr Dee Michell Oi, You Fucker is the story of Snowball’s experience in the English state ‘care’ system from the time he was a baby in 1965 until he left at the age of 16. The title comes … Continue reading

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Update to My Mum Tracy Beaker

Back in March, a conversation grew from the news that Jacqueline Wilson had written a sequel to the series of books about Tracy Beaker, My Mum Tracy Beaker. The book was described thus: Tracy, who in the 1991 bestseller chronicled … Continue reading

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Interview with Jacqui Grant from The Beat

Thanks to Jacqui Grant from The Beat for interviewing me Sunday 11th March about my Doctoral Research – Hiraeth: Finding a Fictional Home and care experience in fiction. You can hear the interview here. In 2012, I met Lemn Sissay … Continue reading

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. No one’s been in my flat this year apart from service professionals; I’ve not voluntarily invited another human being across … Continue reading

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Your Life Your Story

Home! Hiraeth! A fantastic few days running Your Life Your Story as part of National Care Leavers Week 2017. A trauma informed writing workshop with Lisa Cherry and organised by Amanda Knowles, Trustee and Director of The Consortium for Therapeutic … Continue reading

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Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary

Sarah Hilary has worked as a bookseller, and with the Royal Navy. Her debut novel, Someone Else’s Skin (2014), won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2015, and was a World Book Night selection for 2016. The … Continue reading

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The Brightness of Stars by Lisa Cherry

Lisa Cherry starts the journey of her life with a quote from Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003): All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of the … Continue reading

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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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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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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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