In June 2023, we held an event open to anyone interested in memory and record keeping for children and young people in care. Throughout the day, we heard from a variety of speakers who presented on current issues, innovations and research on memory keeping & records in residential childcare.

We were joined by Poet Craig Houston who produced a poem to capture the day. Click on Craig’s image below to watch the poem.

Photo of Craig standing beside flip charts with post it notes

Who Am I – Craig Houston

You can also read the poem below…..

Who Am I?

I am a human.
With a past, a present, a future.
A life story.

But who’s is narrated?
‘The subject’ has requested to star….in the memories and moments, in the ‘organisations’ script…so far.

Gatekeepers facilitating the articulation of risk assessments and wrongdoings, incidents and accidents, labels and concerns.

Filtered, boxed, staged. No context assembled, or real memories made.
Deciding character, from scribbles on a page.

My ‘records’ merely collected to ensure that when inspected gold stars are handed out.

Who am I?

I am a human.
With a past, a present, a future.
A life story.

But my story is dictated to me.
I have no faith in the writers…I don’t believe in ghosts.

Although it is I who is invisible. A poverty of love screaming through my file.
I am a story less child.

Who am I?

I am a human.
With a past, a present, a future.
A life story.

I am the star.

A protected identity, a character with context.
My being, valued, by virtue of participation in my life story creation.

Assembled from an array of memories. Of moments.

Of chance encounters, lessons learned, opportunities grasped and passed, heartbreaks and headaches, mistakes I constantly regret and people and places I’ll never forget.
Winning and losing, ‘borrowing’ that hoody that’ll never return, euphoria and doubt, love, loss, love again, first steps and last chances, huffs and hugs, successes and failures, overthinking, thinking I’ve got it all figured out, failing again, taking security in my teddy, kissing that photo, caring more than I show, hurting more than they know.

Friendships and fallouts, pushing boundaries, nervous moments, delightful amounts of devilment, self-doubt.
Deleting memories I wish I kept, finding meaning, losing time, resilience, shared encounters and suffering.
Fun days away, dark days and surviving…always.

Of all the memories and moments that make me….me.

Who am I?

I am a human.
With a past, a present, a future.
A life story…waiting to be told.

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