Wood End Assessment Centre: Wigan’s secret imprisonment of children

Abuse in childhood is most evident in the internal life of the adult. Many of us went into the care system simply to be cared for only to find ourselves stuck in a kafkaesque nightmare at Wood End.   Read more [...]

Deliverance on BBC Radio 3

Deliverance is the title of our brand new documentary about women. It'll be broadcast on  on BBC radio 3 - Feb 28th. This is how it came about. Some years ago the artist  Kate Daudy captivated me Read more [...]

Christmas Day Thanks to You Videos

AFTER CHRISTMAS DINNER BEFORE CHRISTMAS DINNER Read more [...]

Christmas Eve Photo Story part 1. #TCD2013

Christmas Eve started at 8.30am on Alan Beswick's  show. .                                                                                                                                                    Read more [...]

Organising the The Christmas dinner since 8.30am #TCD2013

Beautiful interview this morning at a secret location about The Christmas Dinner for Allan Beswick on BBC Radio Manchester at 8.30am thanks to Michelle and the radio car. Read more [...]

The Past The Present & The Gift: Mary Anne Hobbs #TCD2013

It's 5am Christmas Eve.  I'm staying  in the Northern Quarter in Manchester  for The Chrsitmas Dinner.  Throughout today I’ll share different aspects, different elements,  to  The Christmas Dinner. Read more [...]

The Christmas Dinner Situation Room #TCD2013

The Christmas Dinner Team meeting. How many mince pies?  #TCD2013   Read more [...]

Broken: A video by young people in care

This is a beautiful video of a care system which more often than not seems to be ashamed of itself. And a system ashamed of itself will never produce young people who are not ashamed to be using it.    Read more [...]

What is The Christmas Dinner and how is it doing?

This Christmas Dinner in Manchester is inspired by The Tope Project who did it first in London last year.   Louise Wallwein writes on the crowdfunder site   "The Christmas Dinner is a pop up organisation Read more [...]

Places for care leavers at The Christmas Dinner.

I check with The Christmas Dinner referral team to see how many care leavers are confirmed. Twenty five. There's space for 45.    I’m told an anxious young man has telephoned saying  he needed travel Read more [...]