Zombiemum / Lemn Sissay | 'It's name was care'

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In this episode, Laura talks to BAFTA nominated International prize winning writer Lemn Sissay. They discuss his experience of being taken from his birth mother against her will and put into care, and the ways that this affected him and his views of family in later life.

CW: This podcast contains open, honest and often detailed discussions about mental health. This episode contains discussion of depression and abuse in the care system.

#Zombiemum is produced by Bea Duncan. It was mastered by Rob Fincham, with original music by Hugo White. The artwork is by Mars West. The Executive Producer is Hana Walker-Brown.


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