Category Archives: Care Leavers

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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The Fish Ladder by Katharine Norbury

Following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for child, Katharine Norbury sets out – sometimes accompanied by her *nine-year-old daughter, Evie – with the idea of following a river from the sea to its source. The luminously observed landscape provides both a … Continue reading

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Keynote Speaker #1

I recently travelled to Wales for The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities and the Glyndŵr University Conference:  “Agency – Creating Empowerment through therapeutic childcare and education.” TCTC is a membership charity which supports, promotes, develops and represents the application of therapeutic work across … Continue reading

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Alex Wheatle

Some years ago I discovered a wonderful book, The Seven Sisters (2002) by Alex Wheatle about four friends in a children’s home who escape to a forest with devastating consequences. Alex has kindly agreed to take part by answering some questions … Continue reading

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A visit to the University of Cambridge

A couple of years ago I contacted Professor Jane Rogers, author of Island, (1999) who teaches MA and BA Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam. She told me the manuscript drafts of her novel were held by Murray Edwards College, Cambridge and … Continue reading

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Reviews

As part of the PhD, I intend to analyse a number of fiction and non-fiction books in English for children and adults, in order to understand how care-characters* are portrayed. Texts serve as a way to identify with characters – … Continue reading

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Crazy Diamonds

But We All Shine On The Remarkable Orphans of Burbank Children’s Home Paolo Hewitt After a childhood spent in care at Burbank Children’s Home, Paolo Hewitt embarks upon a personal journey as an adult to discover whatever happened to his … Continue reading

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Challenging the Care Leaver Stereotype

At the heart of the PhD research is the way children in care and care leavers are portrayed in society. Fiction has elements of real life, just as autobiography has elements of fiction. Saul Bellow once said that “Fiction is … Continue reading

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How Is The Identity of The Care Leaver Represented in Fiction?

One of the things I sometimes do is Guest blog for Lisa Cherry. I’ve written six articles mostly about care leavers. Last October I was invited by The Brathay Trust to present the beginnings of my research about care leavers … Continue reading

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