The Contribution of Care Leavers with Keynote Talk by Lemn Sissay

A care leaver is any adult who spent time in care as a child (in foster care, residential care, children's home, or other arrangements outside the immediate or extended family). This event champions the importance and contribution of care leavers to society and promotes opportunities for care leavers in Higher Education.

The event will include:

A. 11.00am Keynote Talk by Lemn Sissay. Lemn Sissay is a poet, writer, artist and educator. His sculpture poem Gilt of Cain was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu. He has written plays for stage and BBC radio. He is the first poet to write for the London olympics and received an MBE from the Queen for Services to Literature. He is associate artist at the Southbank Centre, and the current Chancellor of the University of Manchester. As a care leaver himself, Lemn champions care leavers and their contribution to society.

B. 2.00pm GLUE – Louise Wallwein. A one-woman show mixing monologue, live art and a sound score Glue tells the true story of Louise Wallwein and her first two meetings with her birth mother, three decades after being put up for adoption. The audience is invited to share a very private first reunion, but also the subsequent more public second meeting. Louise also grew up in care from the age of nine and shows both her fierce independence and emotional vulnerability alongside each other. Born, transferred, placed, discharged, returned… Suitable for over 16s.

C. Liverpool School of Art & Design Tours and Exhibition

Registration required.

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