‘Look how far Dorothy had to travel before she truly understood and appreciated that there really is no place like home.’ – Lemn Sissay, The Guardian, January 2016
Many of our most beloved tales are populated by central characters who have been fostered, adopted, placed in children’s homes or cruelly orphaned. Lemn Sissay’s 2014 Foundling Museum commission, ‘Superman Was A Foundling’, lists some of them: Luke Skywalker, Batman, Frodo Baggins, Cinderella, Spider-Man, Jane Eyre, David Copperfield … the roll call goes on.
What makes the rootless status of people like Harry Potter or Lyra Bellacqua so fascinating to readers and writers?
Our literary panellists include Tahmima Anam, Hilary Robinson, and Lemn Sissay.