Social Work Book Group - The Brightness of Stars by Lisa Cherry

The Brightness of Stars: Reading and Discussion with author Lisa Cherry and the UoC Phygital Social Work Book Group. This event can be attended either online (MS Teams) or In-person (Fusehill Campus, Carlisle)

10 Nov 2022 - 10 Nov 2022

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Event Overview

Lisa Cherry is not only a great thinker and writer, she’s a deeply wise, insightful, courageous, loving and humane presence, with a truly remarkable capacity to communicate how she transformed her childhood of neglect, pain and trauma, including being in care from the age of 13, into a life of personal growth, healing and helping the vulnerable. The other immensely impressive care experienced adults she brings together to tell their stories in this wonderful book do the same. The result [This] is a truly inspirational book that provides the vital ingredient of hope that is usually missing from such analyses, along with countless insights into how vulnerable children, adults and families can be helped.

Professor Harry Ferguson, Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Birmingham

In this poignant book, Lisa Cherry brings together a collection of candid and personal reflections on the care system in the UK, offering alternative ways of thinking about the care experience, supporting better ways of working, and providing justification for a trauma-informed lens to be applied to all forms of work with those in care.

Through personal insights and reflections, the book brings often-unheard stories vividly to life, beginning with the author’s own. These are stories about love and pain; hurt and isolation; the depth of lived experience that makes up a life; how we live our lives through our relationships with others and where we feel we fit in. In this thoughtfully compiled third edition, original contributors look back on their own reflections from the lives that they live now, new stories bring new perspectives, and discussion points provide the opportunity to consider the realities of the care experience as well as life beyond.

Whilst each story is unique, shared themes reveal the truth of the care system and, coming at a time where there is a real opportunity for change, the narratives in this book are ultimately stories of hope and connection. This is crucial reading for policy makers, those working in social work, education and adoption, as well as care experienced adults.

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Date: 10th November 2022Time: 7:30pm (GMT)

Physical Location: University of Cumbria, Learning Gateway, Fusehill Street, Carlisle CA1 2HH

Digital Location: Please join the session using the MS Teams link (sent shortly before event date).

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