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Lemn Sissay (2019)

My Name Is Why. A Memoir

Lemn Sissay's story of his childhood in care, and how he came to know his birth name.

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 Gaynor Cherianne (2022)

An Adoptee's Journey: Letters of My Life 

"My life as an adoptee through the power of letters to family, friends, and those caught up along the way". Available via

Jackie Kay (1991)

The Adoption Papers

Jackie Kay tells the story of a black girl's adoption by a white Scottish couple, from three different viewpoints: the mother, the birth mother, and the daughter.

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Then… ? A poem By Roz Munro

(after Bread and Butter by Jo Roach)

I came from a girl lately arrived
after weeks at sea, then 
one person heavier.

I came from a sailor who glanced
over her, a passing interest then
I to him and him to me. 

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