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Meet Our New Young Company Member: Beatrice Kabera

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hey, my name is Beatrice and I am a vegetarian. I am passionate about film and TV. As a care leaver, I have had to work hard to prevail over the pejorative stereotypes put forth by the media, which has led me to be practical and earnest in everything I do.

What is your favourite children’s book, and why?

Growing up, I hated reading due to having dyslexia but thanks to extra help from my school I grew to love reading. My favourite children’s book has got to be Matilda, because it’s full of magic and mischief. I love how, despite the selfish family Matilda is born into, she’s able to use her kindness and powers for good at such a young age. Like Matilda, I remember going to the library after school, escaping the boredom of my childhood by being transported into new worlds and meeting amazing people who live adventurous lives.

What excites you most about Stories Of Care Chapter Two? Is there any particular part of the project that you’re really looking forward to?

What excites me the most about Stories Of Care Chapter Two is working closely with the other two Young Company Members, Susie and Toni, who were previously participants. I am also really looking forward to empowering and watching the participants blossom into published writers.

What are you hoping to take away from being involved in the project?

Through getting involved in this project, I am really looking forward to taking away an abundance of creative energy, as well meeting new people. 

Tell us a bit about the story you wrote for Tales of the Weird, the Wild and the Wonderful.

At the time of writing my short story, I had a friend who lived with her loving Aunty D. Whilst in care I used to write a diary, and in that diary, I used to always wish that there was an adventurous distant family member who would turn up out of the blue and whisk me away, and I used this as the basis for my story. My short story is called “The Girl Who Escaped” and it tells the story of how Nikky escapes from a children’s home with her Aunty D.