Best Selling Author Comes to Chard Libary

Best-selling author and Somerset County Council Foster Carer Louise Allen is coming to Chard Library to talk about her inspirational memoir.

Louise Allen will be talking about her highly successful debut ‘Thrown Away Child’ and how she got started as an author at a talk and book-signing at Chard Library on Thursday 19 April at 6.30pm.

Thrown Away Child is a memoir covering Louise Allen’s abusive childhood in a foster home, how she survived using her love of art as a sanctuary and how it inspired her to foster children herself. Earlier this year, Louise launched an awareness raising campaign to challenge and change attitudes towards children and young people who have been abused and neglected: “It is vital to help children in care achieve their potential and I find my part in that hugely rewarding. I really hope my story might encourage people to make a difference in these children’s lives and help more young people feel like they belong.”

Somerset County Council’s fostering team will also be joining Louise on the night, to offer advice to anyone interested in fostering.

Councillor Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “We are very proud of Louise both for her success as an author and artist and her work as a foster carer.  We hope those who enjoy her book and the talk in Chard will be inspired to come forward and explore whether they could be foster carers too. There are nearly 500 children ‘looked after’ in Somerset who need a safe and loving foster home. Somerset County Council has a lot to offer community-minded people like Louise, who are looking for a role that makes a real difference.”

Louise is about to embark on a new series of books about fostering and looked after children, for more on Louise and her book ‘Thrown Away Child’ visit

The book talk will take place at Chard Library, Holyrood St, Chard, TA20 2YA at 6.30pm.

Find out more about fostering by calling the team on 0800 587 9900 or visit

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