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Performance of poem written by young people from refugee backgrounds. London UK. Can you be there this weekend?

Antonia Byatt writes: English PEN is delighted to announce a very special collaboration between our Brave New Voices project and the BBC Proms

On Sunday 29 July 2018, a group of participants in our Brave New Voices outreach project, all pupils at the Capital City Academy in Willesden, will perform a special piece of poetry as part of the Ten Pieces Prom.

The poem was written by young participants from refugee backgrounds, in collaboration with writer and Brave New Voices co-ordinator Rosemary Harris and translator Alice Guthrie, in partnership with Salusbury World.

The Ten Pieces Prom will be performed at 1pm (Prom 19) and 5pm (Prom 20) on 29 July 2018. If you are in London that weekend, why not attend one of the performances and show your support for these brave new voices? The performances will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

English PEN's outreach programme is a crucial pillar of our work to promote literary diversity and give meaning to the opening lines of the PEN Charter that 'Literature knows no frontiers'. Brave New Voices introduces established poets to young people with a migrant or refugee background living in the UK. Participants are encouraged to create new work that reflects their aspirations and experiences.

We are thrilled to have been invited by the BBC to showcase the work of our Brave New Voices project, and to collaborate with Capital City Academy, and Salusbury Worldin creating this new, culturally significant work. We are also extremely grateful to the John Lyon's Charity and the Limbourne Trust for funding the Brave New Voices project.

With best wishes,

Antonia Byatt
Director, English PEN

Division for Early Childhood - Open Call for Manuscripts

globe80Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series 18: International Perspectives on Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) 
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.
DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families. ​

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Deadline to Submit: August 20, 2018, 11:59 PM EST

New study looks at the role of foster carers in Scotland (UK). Will you help?

Foster carers in Scotland are being asked to take part in a new study. Please spread the word

The study aims to explore the unique circumstances and challenges that come with caring for children and young people at a time when they may be vulnerable.

Researchers from CELCIS, in collaboration with Lucia Hargašová, a visiting researcher from the Slovak Academy of Sciences, will be conducting the qualitative study: Relationships in Foster Care Professional Role.

The study aims to understand the complexity of foster care, how foster carers feel about their role, and what a good relationship between a child and a foster carer looks like.

Foster carers are being asked to complete a short questionnaire online.

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Charity fears donations will be hit by GDPR. But what about the essential flow of information? Can we help?

TAC Bulletin 80From TFN: The Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity has said the new legislation* means it could lose up to two thirds of its supporters.


TAC Bulletin rarely features any organisation’s appeal for money. Instead, we deal in information about conferences, research, training, etc.

If an organisation’s mailing list is decimated, then they cannot get their information out effectively.

TAC Bulletin can help organisations keep their information flowing.

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* The GDPR legislation came into force on Friday (25 May), and aims to give people more control over their personal data.

Under the new rules people must give consent for organisations to hold their information, and the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity has said it is worried it may see a drop in donations – despite working over the last 18 months to ensure it is prepared for GDPR.

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