I used the story of Esau with a Year 13 group and it certainly sparked off an interesting discussion. A range of stimulus material can easily be drawn from every story to suit a number of broader topics. … Read More
It was a very challenging and thought- provoking book, yet easy to read. I can think of so many people it might help, and I think all schools should have a copy in their staffroom to dip in to at … Read More
Katharine Angel lends a voice to youngsters who frequently find themselves ignored and misunderstood. I cannot recommend this work more highly. Tim Walker: Chief Executive, the National Teaching and Advisory Service
Each story was fascinating, absorbing and imaginatively written. They are all suitable for KS3 and KS4 PSHE as well as KS4 English Literature. The stories are light-hearted and fun without diminishing the significance of the topics. … Read More
These stories are a great way to introduce topics that teenagers are dealing with on a daily basis. I will use them to promote a range of speaking and listening activities to allow pupils to explore characters and emotions. The … Read More
Katharine gets into the individual mind of the child and echoes the child’s voice with clarity and depth of feeling. In my work as a tutor to trainee teachers, it is challenging to find creative ways in which to confront … Read More
Foreword by Jason Gardner: Author, youth worker and freelance consultant on faith and generational issues.
From the fantasies of Esau to the fantastic tale of Diamondman, ‘Being Forgotten’ shines a spotlight into the lives of eight modern teenagers. These fact-based stories will make you think, feel, react and want to read again. They don’t ask for your sympathy. They just don’t want to be forgotten.
With a ‘Behind the Scenes’ chapter explaining the issues and truth behind each story, including points for discussion. Being Forgotten is suitable for all young people and adults interested in understanding the minds of marginalised teenagers. It has been used in sixth form colleges, at Edge Hill University and by social services as a starting point for discussion.
Right at the back of Being Forgotten is a final thousand words: The true story of one of my pupils. 15 year-old Dale was terrified as I assured him he was now capable of filling in his own form to apply for his birth certificate; and the joy of his success!
Characters and Theme
Esau: Loneliness – an isolated boy does something extraordinary but tells no one
Kirja: Resilience – a girl is abandoned by her mother, but cares for her disabled dad
Sean: Conferring blame – a boy tells his story while he waits to go before a court judge
Hetty: Low self-esteem – a girl skives school and discovers her parents love her
Oby: Illiterate – an year 6 boy is sent to the head teacher and imagines his escape
Rosa: Attachment Disorder – a fostered girl runs away and is befriended by a woman
Pia: Self-sufficiency – a year 10 girl’s failed transition to mainstream school
Blake: Unfulfilled intelligence – Blake becomes Diamondman to cope with serious trouble