Troubador Looked After Boy

Released: 28/01/2021

ISBN: 9781800461123

Format: Paperback

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For readers 13+ Looked after Boy tackles difficult, but topical, issues. It is a gritty, but moving, tale of a marginalised group; that of children in the care system at risk of involvement in County Lines gangs.  

In this coming of age story, fourteen-year old Joe Mac struggles to find his own voice in a hostile world that constantly disempowers him. After years of neglect, Joe, his brothers and sisters are taken into care and separated. Despite betrayals and failures of the system supposedly protecting him, Joe vows to get all his family back together but nothing is straightforward in Joe’s life and he must face more betrayal, danger and ultimately his own demons before he can look to a new future.

Joe’s unique voice and sparkly personality speaks out from every page and, despite the topics tackled, young readers will empathise with Joe as his story deals with familiar issues of fear, separation and loss. The story doesn’t shirk away from the telling of Joe’s experiences, but it does offer hope too.

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Lynda F Brennan

Lynda grew up in Leigh, Lancashire but moved to London at the age of 18 to study drama and teaching. Lynda has frequently moved back and forward between her interest in education and community theatre. She was part of Broadside Workers Mobile Theatre in the 80’s and worked as an ASM at the King Head Pub Theatre in Islington. She was a Community Arts Worker at Jacksons Lane Community Centre and, whilst there, created an active Young People's Theatre. She has taught Drama and English extensively in comprehensive schools and Pupil Referral Units.

In Looked after Boy, Lynda hoped to tell the story of a much neglected group of young people, those in the care system. She wanted to describe the intense connection Joe, the protagonist, feels for Tottenham. Lynda is the Artistic Director of Tottenham Theatre, a vibrant community theatre that serves the diverse communities of Tottenham. Lynda has devised and directed numerous plays based on lived experience. To give a flavour - a play for Camden Festival in which young Palestinians tell of their lives on the West Bank, a play about the black footballer Walter Tull and an intergenerational play, ‘Up on the High Road’ about the journeys made by people to Tottenham from across the globe. Most recently, she has worked with young refugees in Calais.

Lynda set up Acting OUT, a therapeutic drama project which uses drama to help traumatised young people. She is a freelance trainer in Social and Emotional Learning and has developed training courses for foster carers. Importantly, Lynda and her husband were foster carers themselves. Looked After Boy is her first novel and grew out of her personal experience as a foster carer and teacher but the novel is entirely a work of fiction. She has one son and is looking forward to being a grandma. She is married and lives in North London.

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