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Evelyn Robinson is a mother who, in 1970, was separated from her first child, Stephen, through adoption.  Evelyn was unmarried when Stephen was born and was told by many people who were older and appeared to be much wiser and more experienced in life, that the best outcome for both herself and her child would be adoption. Evelyn and Stephen were reunited in 1991 and continue to enjoy a close relationship.

When Evelyn wrote her first book, Adoption and Loss - The Hidden Grief, she wanted to have full control over the content, presentation and marketing of her book. For this reason Evelyn created Clova Publications and published the book herself.


Since Adoption and Loss - The Hidden Grief was first published in 2000, Evelyn has also published a revised edition in 2003, followed by her second book Adoption and Recovery - Solving the mystery of reunion, in 2004, her third book, Adoption Reunion - Ecstasy or Agony? in 2009 and her fourth book, Adoption Separation - Then and now in 2010.


Evelyn Robinson (née Burns) was born and raised in Renfrew, Scotland. She emigrated to Bermuda and later to South Australia, where she has been living since 1982. Evelyn is the mother of five children and a devoted grandmother to her eight grandchildren. 


Evelyn has worked as a high school teacher and as a social worker. As well as being an experienced counsellor, Evelyn is also an accomplished educator and public speaker and has presented many training sessions and seminars on adoption loss and recovery.


Evelyn has a wealth of knowledge and experience in relation to the long term outcomes of adoption separation. She has experienced post-adoption services from every perspective; as a client from 1989 to 1993, as a volunteer from then until the present day and as a professional since 1996. Evelyn has understanding and compassion for those who have experienced adoption separation and since she first became involved with post-adoption services in 1989, has given generously of her time and energy to support them.


Clova is the name of an estate in Aberdeenshire in Scotland which once belonged to Evelyn's great-great-great-grandfather, Sir Harry Niven Lumsden, Baronet of Clova and Auchindoir. Through him, Evelyn is a direct descendant of King Robert the Bruce, who was king of Scotland from 1306 until his death in 1329 and famed for his persistence. He famously led Scotland to victory against the English in the Battle of Bannockburn on the 24th of June, 1314. Interestingly, the grandson of Robert the Bruce, also called Robert (later to become King Robert II of Scotland), was also born in Renfrew. Evelyn visited the Clova estate in 1998 and again in 2009. Evelyn chose the name Clova Publications to honour her ancestry and to reflect the importance to her of her family and heritage.

Evelyn was interviewed about her family history, in 2015, by Informed Planet Radio -  https://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7wsfnZokGI. Since the interview, Evelyn has traced her ancestry from King Robert the Bruce, back to Offa, King of Mercia, who died in 796.


Evelyn heartily embraces the motto on the Royal Coat of Arms of Scotland - Nemo me impune lacessit ( No one assails me with impunity).