Year 7 and 8 pupils had the privilege of a visit from Scottish author and illustrator Debi Gliori this week.
She spoke movingly about reaching an accommodation with depression that led her to write and illustrate her Kate Greenaway-shortlisted picture book Night Shift.
Debi talked the pupils through the process of transforming her ideas from initial illustrations into a publishable work, and explained the serendipitous route that Night Shift took to make its way onto bookshelves.
She also spoke openly about the purpose behind the creation of her book, and the comfort and understanding that she hopes it will offer her readers.
The visit fell during Mental Health Awareness Week and gave pupils a well considered articulation of what it means and how it feels to live with a depressive illness.
Praised for her ability to ‘make visible the invisible’, her illustrations offer an insight that words often struggle to capture.
Our pupils took inspiration from her bravery and were inspired by the ultimately hopeful message of her book.
For more information about Debi Gliori’s picture books for younger readers, see www.debiglioribooks.com or @DebiGliori on Twitter.