Children’s author’s novel experience

KinshipCarersSignForCathy (L-R) Author Cathy MacPhail and Elizabeth Dunlop from the People's Postcode Lottery find out more about the book from kinship carers Angela Burt, Myra Orr, Helen Green and Susan Jamieson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
KinshipCarersSignForCathy (L-R) Author Cathy MacPhail and Elizabeth Dunlop from the People's Postcode Lottery find out more about the book from kinship carers Angela Burt, Myra Orr, Helen Green and Susan Jamieson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Children’s author Cathy MacPhail enjoyed a role reversal recently when Midlothian kinship carers gave her a special reading.

After her recent Edinburgh Book Festival event, Cathy met four kinship carers - Angela Burt, Myra Orr, Helen Green and Susan Jamieson - who read her poems and stories from their book Though Our Eyes.

Cathy said afterwards: “It was really revealing to see exactly what these women are living with – they’ve had to be ‘parents’ again to their grandchildren.

“Talking to them has certainly made me think about basing a future book around the issue of kinship care.”