In 2020 I was commissioned by the Educational Institute of Scotland to illustrate The Tale o’ the Glasgow Girls, a narrative poem written in Scots dialect by Euan Girvan, a former teacher at Drumchapel High School, who worked together with the Glasgow Girls throughout their campaign which received national and international attention.
The Glasgow Girls were formed by seven schoolgirls when one of their friends – an asylum-seeker – and her family were detained following a dawn raid by the Home Office. They organised a community campaign and fought to highlight the poor treatment of asylum seekers and raise awareness of the abhorrent practice of Home Office dawn raids and child detention.
The illustrated poem is part of a teaching resource which comes with learning materials for pupils between ages 9-14. The resource is a follow-up to a collection of information packs which I illustrated for EIS in November 2019, created to welcome young people from migrant and refugee families into Scottish schools.
This series of illustrations was created as a long-format poster, hardcopy versions will be available in the near future.