‘Kirsty’s Project: Searching For a New Medicine‘ is a children’s science communication book by Dr Suzanne Duce and Tracy Bayliss. I illustrated the project as well as doing the design and layout of the book.
It was awarded the 2018 Brian Cox Prize for Public Engagement with Research at the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee. The annual Brian Cox Prize for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research recognises and rewards the School’s outstanding communicators in improving understanding of the School’s research to a wider audience. The award is named after the Dundee-born Hollywood actor Brian Cox who was Rector of the University for two terms from 2010 – 2016.
While the prize was specificially about how the book communicated research to kids it was agreed that the illustration and layout (created by Daisy MacGowan) was a big contributer to the award. The researchers involved presented the book at the School of Life Sciences Research Symposium at Crieff Hydro in March 2019. The prize also included some cash for the researchers to undertake more engagement activities.
This project was the first of it’s kind that I had ever taken part in and it was a fantastic experience. I was lucky enough to be involved right from the very beginning during the writing stage. This close collaboration gave rise to some of the most distinctive features of the book including having two illustration styles – one for the general book illustrations and a second simpler one designed to be ‘drawn by Kirsty’ for her project section of the book.