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The book Hurt

What happens when The Kids Company closes its doors?

Last night there were rumours beginning that The Kids Company was going to close its doors. This made me feel incredibly sad. I’ve long been a fan of the outspoken Camila Batmanghelidjh, and the quest of her work. However, it… Continue reading →

Meeting readers

Patrick Gale was recently in our fantastic independent bookstore, The Falmouth Bookseller, at the beginning of his book signing tour. It was an unticketed event (unlike many on his tour), and when I was there, there was only a chap… Continue reading →

Operation Yew Tree’s first conviction – why is it so significant?

It’s been some time since I wrote about the fallout of Savile, and the investigations into the sexual abuse of children. Yesterday, Max Clifford was found guilty of eight counts of sexual assault against young women, and girls as young… Continue reading →

A question of ‘risk’

  “Risk” used to be the area of work that I knew something about.  Understanding risks, assessing risks and managing risks.  It’s a field of work that I left sometime ago, and it came as quite a surprise to be… Continue reading →

Another Catholic cover-up

I find the whole business of the story of Cardinal Keith O’Brien troubling, and at the same time, sadly it doesn’t surprise me.  The Catholic Church has a shameful history of abuse, which the hierarchies have tried to hide.  But,… Continue reading →

It’s not your fault…

  Today I’m thinking about the headlines in the media that say that victims of abuse feel glad that they have been heard, that they are believed. That’s one thing, when there is no risk of trial, since the key… Continue reading →

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