Emma Austin-Jones, already a published poet, has written a series of children’s books; they are both gentle and informative. They convey a simple and subtle message about friendship overcoming differences, without forcing the issue. Emma has also created a life-changing opportunity for art students at Bromsgrove College who have been invited to enter a competition to illustrate them.
The books have been inspired by her teenage daughter’s struggle with dyspraxia since primary school age, her Daughter (Cat) has been helping her Mom with the story outlines and the development of the characters to ensure that the issues of Dyspraxia were highlighted in an unobtrusive way.
Emma has decided to donate a percentage of the book profits to the Dyspraxia Foundation. Www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk
A further exciting thing about this project is that the winning student will gain the opportunity to illustrate her books, and will be included in royalties’ distribution. After costs any royalties earned will be divided between the ‘team’ as follows: 20% to Dyspraxia Foundation and 40% each to artist and author.
Emma has gathered together a team of judges, who will decide which students illustrations are the most suited to her book, among them are: Sharon Vass from Bromsgrove School of Music, Cat (her youngest daughter), Peter Collins from Ormerod Rutter Chartered Accountants, and Denise, Charmaine, Stephen and Sharon, all fellow writers from the group Emma has been a part of. The award is planned to become an annual tradition at Bromsgrove College as Emma strongly feels that it is important to recognize, encourage and fairly reward artists, she firmly believes the creative talent they can contribute to our society is superb.
The Art Course Tutor at Bromsgrove College, Kerry Sherlock has stated:
” The chance for students to apply their talents to a real life vocational context is always exciting, and knowing that the work being developed could benefit both students in the future and a charity makes it all the more meaningful.”
Pete Colins, from local Accountancy firm Ormerod Rutter, who are supporting this project, stated: “This opportunity gives young people the ability to showcase their skills and it can open a lot of doors for them, as it is very different to a traditional route, so it is great to be able to contribute to both the students future prospects and to the charity, which is very rewarding.
Sharon Vass, from Bromsgrove School of Music said: Emma and I talk a lot about art, because we both have a passion for it. When she told me about the project I thought it was such a wonderful way to give back to the community. It’s not often that the young people of Bromsgrove get such a great opportunity. When Emma asked me to be a judge for the project I was really excited. I’m really looking forward to seeing the student’s artwork and the creative new ideas that they come up with. The illustrations in a children’s book are always memorable and really help to tell the story so this really is great!
Local Representative and Vice Chair of the Dyspraxia Foundation, Sally Payne, said that this project gives the organisation the opportunity to raise awareness of this surprisingly common condition and raise much-needed funds for them to be able to sustain themselves. Importantly the book will include a page of information supplied by Sally Payne, of the Dyspraxia Foundation, which gives primary information about it. Dyspraxia affects children and adults and help is available for people with the condition. This information is also available at Emma’s blog. www.hebentref.wordpress.com