The Unforgotten Coat is an acclaimed children’s book, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Walker, 2011). One thread of the narrative concerns the recreation of Mongolia in Polaroid photo form by two refugee brothers living in Bootle. The Unforgotten Coat book was illustrated by Edge Hill University lecturers Carl Hunter and Clare Heney, who created digital images of the Polaroid photos from the story.
The book won the Guardian Children’s Fiction prize, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2013 in the category Best Children´s Book and has been translated into several languages. It remains a core text for the Reader Organisation’s reading groups in the community and has been praised for highlighting the plight of young asylum seekers.
In 2013, further creative research was undertaken culminating in an exhibition hosted by the Edge Hill University Institute for Creative Enterprise. For this exhibition, the images have undergone a further transformation, from digital images into physical, analogue Polaroid-style photographs.