Seeking writing + poetry by adopted children + young people

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Seeking writing + poetry by adopted children + young people

Postby Perlita » Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:48 pm

Would your son or daughter be interested in writing about his or her experience of adoption?

Might he or she like to have his or her writing or poetry published in a book of writing by adopted children and young people coming out in 2008?

I would like to invite UK adopted children and young people (aged 5-20 years), including transnational adoptees, to submit pieces of writing and poetry, including one liners on what it is like being adopted, for a book that I am editing. The anthology is due to be published in 2008 by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).

There is no minimum length for submissions (anything from one sentence to 3000 words will do!) and multiple submissions are welcome. Oral testimony that has been written up is welcome, as are pieces written by two or more adopted children including brothers and sisters. Writing should focus on some aspect of the child's own experience of adoption or on tips for social workers or adoptive parents.

The deadline for submissions is 20 July 2007 (although some late submissions may be accepted if arranged with me in advance).

I am looking for poetry and writing from adopted children and young people on a wide range of topics. For example:
memories of living with your birth family;
what it is like living in foster care;
what it is like waiting for an adoptive family to be found for you;
life story work;
moving to your adoptive family;
what it is like being adopted - the good things and the not-so-good things;
what your adoptive family is like;
having contact with your birth family members - sisters, brothers, mum, dad, grandparents etc;
your feelings about being adopted;
what is like growing up in a family of a different 'race' and culture to your birth family;
what it is like going to a support group for adopted children - the good things and any not-so-good things;
what it is like using adoption support services - how were they helpful to you?;
looking at your adoption records;
visiting your country/ town of origin or heritage;
meeting your birth family as an adult;
tips for adoptive parents;
tips for social workers etc.

I want to include poetry and writing by adopted children who were born in the UK and those who were born in other countries (eg. China, Russia, Thailand, Ethiopia, El Salvador) and then adopted by a family in the UK.

If you would like a detailed 'Call For Submissions' (this tells you more about the kinds of things children might like to write about, how long the piece of writing could be, what information I will need to know about the writer etc), please email me at: Perlita.Harris@bristol.ac.uk

Just to tell you something about myself: I am transracially adopted and edited 'In search of belonging: Reflections by transracially adopted people', published by BAAF in 2006.

For more information, please email me at: Perlita.Harris@bristol.ac.uk
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Deadline for submissions extended until 31 October 2007

Postby Perlita » Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:14 am

Calling all adoptive parents of adopted children and young people (aged 5-20 years) living in or orginally adopted in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

I am editing an anthology of writing, poetry and artwork by adopted children and young people. This book will be published by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering towards the end of 2008. I am looking for more adoptees who would like to contribute to this book.

The aim is to create a resource for adopted children and young people. It is an opportunity for your son or daughter to write about his or her own experience of adoption, or to write a more general piece giving advice to or tips for adoptive parents, social workers or teachers.

Pieces of writing can be anything from a single sentence (I've received a great single sentence on adoption from a six-year-old!) through to poetry and much longer pieces of writing. Multiple submissions are welcome as are pieces written by sibling groups or groups of adopted children. Oral testimony that has been transcribed is welcome, also. there is no reason why more than one piece of writing by an adopted child or young person can not be included in the book.

Please note that writing will be published under the child or young person's first name, full name or a pseodonym, whichever you prefer. I will need your child's contact details (but only so that I can make contact) - these will NOT be published in the book.

If you would like to know more, please email me at: Perlita.Harris2@btinternet.com.

If you email me with a landline telephone number, I will be happy to telephone you to answer any questions that you may have.

There is a detailed Call For Submissions that I can email to anyone who would like to know more about this project.

Or write to me at:
Perlita Harris, c/o British Association of Adoption and Fostering, Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS.

You may be interested to know that I am an adopted adult and edited In search of belonging: Reflections by transracially adopted people (published in 2006 by BAAF). I am also a qualified social worker with a background in adoption and adoption support. I work as a lecturer in social work at a university.
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Deadline for submissions extended until 31 October 2007

Postby Perlita » Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:03 pm

Please note that the deadline for submissions of writing, poetry and artwork has been extended until 31 October 2007.

If you have any questions about this project or would like any further information, please email me at: Perlita.Harris2@btinternet.com.

If you would prefer to speak with me, please do not hesitate to email me with a landline telephone number where I can contact you. Thanks.
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DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 11 JANUARY 2008

Postby Perlita » Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:48 am

Despite receiving some great submissions :D from over 30 adopted children and young people for the book of writing, poetry and artwork on adoption that I am editing, I still need more submissions!!!

The deadline is now: 11 JANUARY 2008


Could you help me in reaching any adopted children or young people who might be interested in writing something for this book?

Might your son or daughter have something they would like to say to other adopted children?

Writing can be anything from a single sentence on adoption through to poetry and much longer pieces of writing, including oral testimony. Artwork on adoption is also needed.

If you would like to know more, please email me and I'll send you the full call for submissions.

I look forward to hearing from you. :D
Perlita Harris (Dr.)

Email: Perlita.Harris2@btinternet.com

You might be interested to know that I am a lecturer in social work and previously worked as a social worker in adoption. This is the second book that I am editing for the British Association of Adoption and Fostering. The first being Harris, P. (ed.) (2006) In search of belonging: Reflections by transracially adopted people, London: BAAF.
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Postby Diane » Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:09 am

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Postby j-h-g-5 » Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:26 pm

Whilst it is a good thing that you have taken action, you still have plenty of spam members on the member list that it would be wise to delete too.

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