Student earns accolade from top publisher

Student earns accolade from top publisher

by Danielle Thompson (June 2017)

A STUDENT from Burscough has been recognised for her work by an international publishing company.

Heather Hattrick-Liggett, a second-year illustration student at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, was given the Highly Commended accolade in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration for her book Anxiety  at a presentation ceremony at the Coningsby Gallery in London.

The Macmillan Prize was established more than 30 years ago by the children’s books company to discover new young illustrators in art schools.

Former Burscough Priory Science College pupil Heather was inspired to create the book by her own childhood struggle with anxiety, which she was diagnosed with aged 16.

The 22-year-old said: “I found out that I had a generalised anxiety disorder in my teens but I wanted to create the book so that children and parents could identify the symptoms at a much earlier age and access the treatment that can help them sooner.

“When my family looks back at mine and my sister's childhood, it is clear from my behaviour that there was something wrong but it wasn't picked up until much later, as my family had no experience of mental health conditions.

“A lot of my knowledge and experience has gone into the book, which looks at anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour, panic disorders and social anxiety and looks at the physical symptoms, which include nausea, fast heartbeat and shaking.

“It is aimed at seven to 13-year-olds but it's simple language means that it is suitable for a much wider age range. It was wonderful to have been recognised by Macmillan”



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