Category Archives: Care Leavers

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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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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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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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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