Leaving School

Deborah Sowerby: Alarm Clock

Deborah was born in 1949 in London. She spent some time in hospital as a young child and then was sent to a residential special school in East Sussex at the age of five, staying there until she was sixteen and then going on to Art School.

Here Deborah describes getting used to the world after school.

  • Deborah Sowerby
  • Deborah Sowerby
  • Deborah Sowerby
  • Deborah Sowerby


I didn't even know how to get up in the morning, I struggled to get up, I had to do things like set an alarm clock, and I didn't know what to do in the morning, I mean it sounds incredible now, but you know everything was predetermined at Chailey, we were woken up by a bell and somebody came and got us out of bed and suddenly, I was having to do all that so, that was difficult. And having to negotiate public transport, as well as relating to people and, it was just completely strange so during that year I guess that that was a, you know I got used, was getting used to the world.

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