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 …

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 …

Jasper’s Answer

Jasper’s Answer was written 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 ‘Jasper’ in a wide variety of settings. This story offers a fictional portrayal of Read More …

The Old Armchair

The Old Armchair was written 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 ‘Alex’ about his life and future hopes and dreams. This story was written Read More …

Purpose and Paws

Purpose and Paws is suitable for a general audience and is especially relevant for children and young people who might face difficulties speaking out about bullying at school. The story was co-created by a young woman participating with the project and the author, Amy Lee Tempest, at a story-making workshop event and is inspired by Read More …

Donna’s Retreat

This is a story about a young woman called Donna who loves animals but finds people confusing. Donna sometimes feels nervous being by herself and wishes that she could be more confident like her friend Swampy. With the help of a furry friend, Swampy helps Donna to realise she already has everything she needs to begin making Read More …