The life and career of Lady Hale, the most senior judge in the United Kingdom, is to be the subject of a beautifully illustrated children’s book, to be published by LAG. The book will aim to inspire primary school children with the story of a girl brought up in the North Yorkshire countryside who went on to become president of the Supreme Court, highlighting some of her achievements along the way.
As the first female law commissioner, Brenda was the driving force behind the Children Act 1989, and as a judge she has been responsible for many judgments that have transformed the law. The book will not only be an inspirational story of Lady Hale’s achievements but will also introduce children to the legal system, the concept of equal access to justice, the importance of the rule of law and how it affects us all.
Baroness Hale says:
“It’s been an amazing life and I’m thrilled at the idea of making it into a picture book to entertain and inspire young people”
See the animated trailer here: https://youtu.be/JhbfJgJQYag
The book will be published in 2019, one hundred years after women were first permitted to be lawyers, funded by the generous support from individual donors and the Sigrid Rausing Trust.
Support the project
We have raised sufficient funds to cover basic creation and production costs.
We’d now like to raise some additional funds to ensure that the book speaks directly to as many children as possible by working with children as we develop the book and creating further animations. This will go to achieving our aims as an access to justice charity to:
- Educate children on the role of the legal system in protecting human rights and upholding the rule of law,
- Help promote equality in the judiciary and the legal professions,
- Present the work of the judiciary in an accurate and positive way.
If we raise more than is needed for the project or are unable to complete it for any reason, funds will go towards LAG’s charitable work campaigning for greater access to justice and providing resources to improve legal advice and support.
More about the project: The creative team
Henny is a London-based artist/ illustrator. She has an MA in fine art and printmaking from Camberwell College of Art. She regularly lectures and is a freelance political cartoonist for The Canary. She has produced illustrations for the BBC. Her first graphic memoir, Hole in the Heart was published in 2016 by Myriad Editions. She contributed to The Inking Woman, an anthology of women in cartooning published in 2018 and Whip Zine, a magazine for women political cartoonists.
Afua Hirsch is a writer, broadcaster and former barrister. She is a columnist for The Guardian Newspaper, and a presenter on current affairs debate shows The Pledge on Sky News and Talk on CNN and a former Sky News and Guardian correspondent. Her bestselling book Brit(ish) was published by Jonathan Cape in February 2018 and is the winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize.