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Care Experienced History Month

Updated: Apr 26, 2022

Care Experienced History Month takes place in April every year. Care Experienced people have been a part of societies across the world for as long as can be remembered. We are calling for global recognition of this history through Care Experienced History Month.

As part of this historic event, Care Experience & Culture are running a special Book Club, Autobiography and Memoir. Saturday 9th April 10am UK / 6.30pm Adelaide / 7pm Melbourne featuring:

  • Dr Dee Michell who will introduce the event and explain how and why Care Experience & Culture Digital Archive got started.

  • Rosie Canning who will discuss the history of Autobiography & Memoir with particular reference to care experience.

  • UK author Anne Harrison who will talk about her memoir Call me Auntie and

  • Australian author Susan Francis who will discuss her memoir The Love that Remains.

You can watch the Book Club Event here:

Anne Harrison was brought up in care. She was a shop assistant before she joined the Warwickshire Police. From there she became a residential social worker and social care manager for local authorities in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. She lives with her husband in Coventry.

Call Me Auntie: My Childhood in Care and My Search for My Mother is a truly original story of life in and after care. A unique account of trans-racial fostering which focuses on identity, family history and loss. Call Me Auntie adds to the literature of post-Windrush 1950s Britain and tells of ‘Heartbreak House’ care homes.

The author’s own account of being left behind by her mother as a one year old and her life in foster homes and institutions. When eventually traced, ‘Call Me Auntie’ was the best her mother could offer, but this was just the start of a bizarre sequence of events. After discovering she had a brother and looking for her long lost family in Barbados the author finally came to understand she “may be a princess after all”. Call Me Auntie is a story of survival, resilience and changing attitudes to racism and ethnicity as the author forged a successful career beginning as a Woolworth’s shop girl before joining the police, then moving into social work.

Follow Anne on Twitter: @anne4harrison

Susan Francis was privately adopted from a doctor’s practice in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. After twenty years spent searching for her biological parents, 52-year-old Susan Hull unexpectedly meets the great love of her life - a goldminer named Wayne Francis. He is a gentle giant of a man, who promises Susan the world. Two years later, they throw in their jobs, marry and sell everything they own, embarking on an incredible adventure, to start a new life in the romantic city of Granada, where they learn Spanish and enjoy too much tapas. In love, and enthralled by the splendour of a European springtime, the pair treasure every moment together. Until a shocking series of events alters everything. Riveting, heartfelt and remarkably honest, Susan Francis The Love that Remains explores unconditional love and the lies we tell to safeguard our happiness.

Follow Susan on Twitter: @susanfranciswr1

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