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Finding my voice

How a library saved my life

By Diriye Osman  

Diriye Osman's "Fairytales For Lost Children" will be published in September (Photo credit: Boris Mitkov)

I wrote my first book, Fairytales For Lost Children, a collection of short stories about the Somali gay and lesbian experience, in order to find my voice—literally.

In 2002 I was diagnosed with psychosis and institutionalised in a mental hospital in Woolwich, South London. When I moved to the UK a year earlier, at the age of 17, I arrived dreaming of a more fruitful, freer existence than…

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