REF 2014 – Carl Hunter & Clare Heney

The Unforgotten Coat, winner of the 2012 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and German Children’s Book Award 2013, has generated informed public debate about the plight of asylum seekers, assimilation and displacement in the UK. It remains a core text for the Reader Organisation (RO) reading groups in the community and in prison. It was launched on World Book Day 2011, distributed to approximately 50,000 disenfranchised children and has been translated into several languages, receiving worldwide acclaim. The subject matter, and creative process underpinning it, fed directly into important learning initiatives and materials for schools in the North West, workshops at Liverpool’s Bluecoat Arts Centre and for Merseyside’s the Haven Project.

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