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Book Launch: The Flying Child: A Cautionary Fairy Tale for Adults

Venue: Birkbeck Clore Management Centre

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The Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters Project (SHaME) is hosting its final in person event, a book launch and book signing with Sophie Olson (The Flying Child Project CIC) and ZunTold for their new book, The Flying Child: A Cautionary Fairy Tale for Adults.

The book documents the therapeutic journey undertaken by Sophie and her therapist, Patricia. It includes all chapters of the fairy tale and the drawings Sophie created to help her make sense of her experiences and to reconnect with herself. It contains many between-session conversations, with important insights into how to work intuitively with trauma. Essential reading for those interested in understanding or working with survivors of child sexual abuse, for those who are survivors of sexual abuse, and all people in ‘The World’, The Flying Child: A Cautionary Fairy Tale for Adults is a must- have for your bookshelf.

Join authors Sophie Olson and Patricia Walsh and a panel of speakers, including poet, writer and activist Clare Shaw, GP Jonathan Tomlinson and SHaME’s Director, historian Ruth Beecher, for a conversation about how the book came to be written, the harmful silences around child sexual abuse, the challenges of navigating the medical sphere and support services, and ultimately how Sophie and Patricia worked relationally, and courageously to approach the aftermaths of child sexual abuse (CSA). CSA survivors have different needs and there are many different ways of meeting them. The panel will explore how we begin to do that in a way that doesn’t cause further harm, look at missed opportunities along the way, the role of stigma and shame, and the importance of ‘looking beyond the label’.

The evening will feature readings from the book, a panel discussion, and a brief audience Q&A.

Following the discussion and audience Q&A, there will be a reception and book signing. 

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be booked in advance.

You can pre-order The Flying Child: A Cautionary Fairy Tale for Adults at Blackwells,, Telegraph Books, and Waterstones



You can read more about this event by visiting the SHaME website.

Please consult our Safeguarding Statement for this event and review the venue's accessibility information

Please note that this event is taking place in person at the Clore Management Centre at Birkbeck, University of London. 

Please note that this event will be audio recorded (speakers only).

Please note that photography/filming is strictly prohibited.

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