Tag 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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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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Orphans, Abandoned Children and Care Leavers

Over the past few months I have begun researching stories about orphans, abandoned children, and care leavers. My childhood was full of these characters. I totally believed in the worlds created by the authors. At 8 years old, after reading Jennifer, … 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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Why Care Leavers in Fiction?

It has become apparent that there are some people who do not know what a care leaver is. I admit I’m quite shocked. I thought in this age of constant news and media, we would have all come across the … Continue reading

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PhD Research Journey

I was due to start an English PhD this September but didn’t get the funding. All public funding is extremely difficult to get, even more so now because higher education funding is being decimated. See more about my Funding journey … Continue reading

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