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New book celebrates the remarkable talent of children in care

Posted date: 
12 Jul 17

We’re delighted to announce that entries from our 2016 and 2017 Voices writing competition have been published in a new book, co-produced with CoramBAAF. “New Beginnings and other writings on being in care” is a moving collection of poetry and prose, and is on sale now.

Brigid Robinson, Shaila Shah and Jonny Hoyle with the new book

Written by children and young people who have experienced the care system, the book is split into two sections, “Finding a new life” and “Moving on”. Each piece of writing shares stories and feelings on a number of different topics, including leaving home, facing changes and embracing new beginnings.

These pieces of writing give us a rare and powerful insight into how children and young people feel about being in care. The stories and poems highlight the importance of listening to children in care, and making sure their voices are heard and celebrated.

Long-term Coram supporter, actor and Doctor Who star, Peter Capaldi, who hosted our Voices 2017 awards ceremony, spoke about the importance of the book:

“This rich collection of poetry and prose is a testament to the creativity and remarkable talent of its contributors...It is impossible not to be moved and humbled, not only by the creative talent and spirit of resilience of the writers, but also by the courage they display by sharing their personal experiences with the public.”

The book aims to create a better understanding and insight into these young people’s lives, and to encourage more young people to share their experiences of the care system.

For more information and to buy the book please visit the CoramBAAF bookstore.