Monday, 17 February 2014

Patrons of Reading at Northfield Academy

Last year we were made Patrons of Reading at Northfield Academy in Aberdeen and, as the first ever graphic novelists to fill such a role, we were honoured and delighted. We'll be working closely with the school for the next three years to encourage reading and creativity.

 
Our first author visits in this new capacity took place at the end of January and were great fun. We had the opportunity to work with the whole of the school's first year, in class-sized groups, as well as meet with the teachers for an informal lunch where we talked about our hopes and about the patronage.

Northfield Academy have adopted us and we have adopted the school.

Everyone made us feel extremely wel
come and it was exciting to see so much interest and receive so much support from the school. The head teacher, librarians and teaching staff in general were all really enthusiastic and engaged.


To start our patronage, we sent the school a class set of Louis - Red Letter Day graphic novels and some signed posters, along with an activity sheet for the classroom.

We're looking forward to returning for a follow up session with S1 pupils and for sessions with Primary pupils too!

A huge thank you to Mandy Wilson for choosing us as patrons, to Mr Watt and the art department, and to head teacher Neil Hendry.


Thursday, 6 February 2014

Skint! Returns


In 2011 we worked on the graphic novel Skint! with playwright Gowan Calder. The book was commissioned and published by the Scottish Book Trust and distributed free in Scotland. It was such a big success that Standard Life Charitable Trust and the Scottish Book Trust commissioned a second Skint!, this time for England. Skint! for England was released in January 2014 and is available in print (45000 copies) and online.

We were commissioned once more, along with Gowan Calder, to rework the book to suit the different demographics in England. A few characters were changed throughout the book, and Sandra took the opportunity of reworking the colouring too while she was changing the drawings and Gowan updated and refreshed the script.
 
Cover for the new version of Skint!

Skint! is a free graphic novel resource to help people develop good money skills and prevent them from sinking into debt, launched in England by Scottish Book Trust and Standard Life Charitable Trust.

Skint! is a thought-provoking graphic novel that harnesses the power of stories based on real life experiences to bring money management to life. It is targeted at the adult learning sector in England to help tutors support 16-26 year olds, with a particular focus on young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs).
 
Page from the new version of Skint!

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:

Skint! uses the power of language and drama to engage young people in financial decision-making, enabling them to develop some of the fundamental skills and understanding they need to help them keep track of their finances, to plan ahead and think through the impact of financial decisions. The aim is to help young adults, in particular reluctant readers, to develop their literacy, numeracy and financial capability, in the hope that this will help them on the way to a future unburdened by money worries.

Page from the new version of Skint!