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'Proud' anthology of poems, stories and art

Posted By Tanja M. McGuffin- Jennings, 05 April 2019
Updated: 05 April 2019
To celebrate the launch of their 'Proud' anthology of poems, stories and art Stripes Publishing offered LGBT groups in schools a chance to pitch to win, read & review & hype about on social media 10 copies of the book & bunting for LGBT month to create a display for their libraries. I pitched for our college's Gay Straight Alliance group and we were lucky enough to be one of the ones chosen.# My friend and colleague at Colaiste Feirste was also kind enough to invite a group of us over to meet transgender author Juno Dawson, stay for a talk and Q & A and do some rainbow painting. One of the pupils also designed identity aesthetics for a flag which they were allowed to keep and it is currently in the library. Here are some extracts from the pupils' reviews. I've also attached their art work in response to the stories they read. The Courage of Dragons "Really enjoyable story that allowed me to gain an insight into the struggles of non-binary teens. The story was told in a way that was fun and more enjoyable for someone who likes fantasy books. My favourite part was the fact that it was told like an adventurous quest that really made the characters feel like heroes and inspired me to really want to make a change to the way things work in my own school." Dive Bar What did you think of it? I thought it was strange but I really liked it. Your favourite part? I like the repetition because it gives you the idea that the event is being relived over and over. It’s very chaotic and the art reflects it. I think the room could be a metaphor to reflect chaos in the mind. I was able to relate to it. Dive Bar What did you think of it? I thought it was really cool. The imagery reminds me of being on a stage. I think the contracting corridors could portray how a room shrinks when anxiety takes hold of you. I thought the art work was really impressive too. Your favourite part? The windowless woman breaking down walls within herself was really vivid and I thought about the imagery of a porcelain doll breaking – how fragile feelings can be. Anything you hated? Nothing. What would you say to the author if you could? Does your poem describe how someone feels when they have an anxiety attack? Penguins What did you think of it? I loved it. I thought it was a beautiful story told from a realistic perspective. Your favourite part? The part at the end with Aaron when they came out to each other. The part describing the penguins which made me laugh. I want to read more Simon James Green because I enjoyed it so much. Anything you hated? No What would you say to the author if you could? Where did your inspiration for the story come from? Did you use your own experiences to reflect what the characters felt? What did you read? Love Poems to the City What did you think of it? I really enjoyed the story. I loved the art work, the imagery, the use of poetry and the relevant storyline. Your favourite part? The ending because of the sense of unity, togetherness, hope and rainbow imagery reflecting the LGBT story. Anything you hated? Nothing What would you say to the author if you could? Thank you for writing such a relevant and powerful story in such a beautiful way. What do you like most about the city of Dublin?

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