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 …

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 …

Warhammer and Curry

Warhammer and Curry was written by a former Lancaster University creative writing student, Megan Breakwell, in collaboration with the Stories2Connect team of researchers. The material for this story was collected from an interview with an 11 year old boy and his foster mum who shared their experiences of living together following the death of the boy’s father 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 …

Key

Key was inspired by a young person participating with the project and has been written by one of the Stories2Connect researchers. The material for the story was collected through a series of interviews and story-telling events where the writer observed and talked with ‘Ruby’ about her life and relationships with her family and carers. The 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 …

Talking to an Octopus

Talking to an Octopus was inspired by a young woman who shared with the Stories2Connect team some of her experiences of feeling frustrated and excluded. Children’s author, Susan Gates, worked with the transcript and developed a humorous story using a combination of real events and fictitious characters to explore more serious issues, such as difficulties Read More …

Finding Family

Finding Family was inspired by the life story of a young man who shared experiences of being separated from his siblings and managing difficult relationships at home. The transcript was re-worked into a brief by project researchers and shared with a group of 2nd year animation students at UCLan. Margaret Vanderlaan, Tong Cao, Hayley Covell and Read More …