It’s not like anything I’ve ever written. It is based on The Files. My search for the files is documented in a BBC radio 4 doc I made in 2010 called Child of The State. At the end of the documentary I was told ‘the files have not been found’. Five years later on July 2015 I received a letter from The Authority “we have found your files. We would like to send them to you”.
With evidence of the first eighteen years of my life laid out in the files I sued The Authority with solicitor David Greenwood. As part of the legal process I had to undergo a detailed psychological analysis which was formulated into a report. I chose to hear The Report for the first time in front of a live audience on stage at The Royal Court Theatre. I did this for very clear reasons. This was not the files.
In April 2018, three years after contacting David Greenwood of Switalskis Solicitors , forty years after my first written enquiry to see the files and almost a year since The Report made national news, The Authority finally settled.
This photograph was taken in Chambers after an eight hour mediation meeting with The Authority. On my left is lawyer David greenwood. On my right is barrister William Chapman.
Once all this was done I could do what I was born to do. Write. I returned to the original files. My Name is Why will be published in twenty three days. If you think you know my story think again. This story has never been told. My Name is why can be pre-ordered from your local bookshop or online.