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Hear Dr. Dee Michell talk more about the digital archive:

Dr. Rosie Canning (UK) & Dr Dee Michell (Australia) are Care Experienced scholars with a lifelong passion for reading. Having experienced many benefits from reading as a pastime and aware of the varied representations of CEP over time, Rosie and Dee are collaborating to develop a Digital Archive,a one-stop accessible site with information about Care Experienced characters in fiction and on-screen, as well as Care Experienced writers, artists and actors.
The Digital Archive will build from work Rosie Canning and Dee Michell have already undertaken. They both have collections (Rosie’s mostly British and Dee’s mostly Australian) of stories written about Care Experienced characters and Care Experienced People who have been writers, artists, actors etc. many of these will form the ‘backend’ of the Digital Archive, to be called Care Experience & Culture
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Our definition of Care Experience includes statutory provisions as well as informal arrangements made through friends/family for children living in foster, residential, kinship care and children who have been adopted.

Dr Dee Michell is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Criminology & Gender Studies at the University of Adelaide. She was in foster care for 15 years from the age of 3 and is the co-author (with Nell Musgrove) of The Slow Evolution of Foster Care in Australia - Just Like a Family (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).


Rosie Canning is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Southampton. The focus of her research is the representations of orphans and care leavers in fiction. She was in foster and residential care for 17 years from the age of 6 weeks.

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Webmaster Consultant Jamie Crabb is based in London. Following his degree in drama and education, he worked in education, disability, mental health and wellbeing roles before training as a psychotherapist/counsellor. He co-edited Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia (Support for Specific Learning Differences). He is a member of Reclaim Care, a collective focused on healing together, supporting each other, understanding shared histories and imagining possible futures.
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