In 2017 Futures for Women awarded an interest-free loan to Lorraine Brown to help her with the fees associated with her course at Highgate Counselling Centre where she was studying to become a psychodynamic counsellor. Lorraine had a passion to work with young people in a higher-education setting and, following on from a placement at LSE, we have heard that she has now secured an honorary counsellor position at Cambridge University from October 2020.
But Lorraine also had some other news for Futures for Women. In 2018 she won a competition to be mentored by Penguin Random House for a year as part of their WriteNow scheme, which aims to launch the careers of writers from backgrounds currently under-represented in the industry. And at the end of 2019 Lorraine secured a publishing deal with Orion Fiction here in the UK and with Penguin Random House in the USA. Her debut novel, Uncoupling, will be out in February 2021.
Uncoupling is a modern love story that follows Hannah and Si – a couple on the same track – until their train divides on the way to a wedding. Hannah wakes up in Paris and realises that her boyfriend (and ticket) are 300 miles away in Amsterdam. But then she meets Leo on the station platform – and he is everything that Si isn’t. Spending the day with Leo in Paris forces Hannah to question how well she really knows herself – and whether, sometimes, you need to go in the wrong direction to find the right path.
Lorraine told us “I feel that my counselling studies and my writing worked very well together – the characters in my story became so much more three-dimensional as a result of my psychotherapy training, and I thought much more deeply about why people behave the way they do. I am very excited about my counsellor placement as well as my publishing deal. I’m not sure that I would have been able to accept my place at Highgate Counselling Centre without your support, and I will be forever grateful”.
The Trustees of Futures for Women are delighted to hear that Lorraine has secured a counsellor placement at such a prestigious university and are looking forward to the publication of Uncoupling. We will post further information in February 2021 about the launch of the book – and will placing our own orders for a first edition!