Jobs are Like Hens’ Teeth

Jobs are Like Hens’ Teeth was inspired by the transcript of a conversation between two young men and a young researcher talking about the challenges that they have faced finding employment, as well as sharing their future hopes and dreams. Alison Padley-Woods, an author from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, worked with the project Read More …

Rainbow

Liam saunters. That’s the way he walks, making him seem confident and happy. So does his infectious high-pitched laugh that often erupts suddenly when no-one is expecting it. But Liam’s laughter masks a multitude of emotions. And as Liam begins a new chapter in his life at hairdressing college, he hopes it will be the Read More …

Theodor’s Garden

Theodor loves working at the horticultural garden. As he nurtures his plants and flowers he is reminded of his mum leaving him as a young child and wishes that she had been around to look after him. Theodor wonders about the different types of support that flowers and people need in order to thrive and Read More …

Happy Talk

Happy Talk was inspired by the experiences of several young people who sometimes have difficulties with communication. They each spoke about some of the challenges that they faced socialising with others during a number of interviews and story-telling events with project researchers. Transcripts of conversations that included references to some of the obstacles they faced were Read More …

Nick’s Riddle

Nick’s Riddle was co-created by one of the Stories2Connect researchers in collaboration with a young person participating with the project. The material for the story was collected through a series of interviews and events where the writer observed and talked with Nick about some of the challenges that he has encountered in his life. This story Read More …

Train Alone Day

Train Alone Day was inspired by the experiences of different young people who wanted to achieve greater independence in their lives. Transcripts of conversations that included references to some of the different obstacles young people faced were shared with the author who fictionalised their challenges and triumphs as one coherent narrative. This story is aimed at Read More …

Just Getting on with It

Just Getting on with it was inspired by the interview transcript of a conversation between a young carer and a young researcher at a Stories2Connect story-telling event. The story features a young man called Josh who doesn’t like to talk about his problems but instead prefers to, ‘just get on’. A chance encounter with a fellow Read More …

Summat Good

Summat Good was inspired by the transcript of a conversation between a 19 year old young man and a project researcher at a story-telling event. The transcript was shared with Marion Brown, an author from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, who worked with the project team to create a fictionalised story that reflects how Read More …

The Serious Business of Hiding a Ball

The Serious Business of Hiding a Ball was co-created by young people and the author, Amy Lee Tempest, using ‘story-making dice’ designed by the Stories2Connect project team. The story features a dog called Baxter who dreams of becoming an astro-physicist but feels anxious about his first day at school. Baxter has a special ball that helps him Read More …

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid was inspired by a collection of transcript excerpts from a number of different story-telling events. Dale Hannah, a writer from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, created the storyline using a combination of our young participants’ reflections on foster care and relationships with social workers, combined with his own experiences of Read More …