Life away from home

Tara Flood: Green Heads

Tara was born in 1966 in Preston, Lancashire. She was sent to a residential special school in East Sussex at just sixteen months of age and remained there until she was sixteen. She then returned to Preston and attended a local mainstream college.

Here Tara describes a treatment after an outbreak of nits in her dormitory.

  • Tara Flood
  • Tara Flood
  • Tara Flood


We all had to have our heads shaved, heads painted brilliant green, and then these paper caps tied to our heads kind of, you know, like kind of – oh, I can’t – just like kind of writing paper but almost like hand towel paper sort of material, the sort of stuff that they role onto doctor’s examination boards, kind of wrapped round our heads. And then having to go to the Catholic service with – like that, and I just remember sitting there just crying because everyone was – I thought everyone was looking at me because I had a green head. Of course they were.

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