Julie: the girl with a boy’s shadow

By Sophie Heywood

This blog post looks at one of the best-known anti-sexist picturebooks produced in France: Histoire de Julie qui avait une ombre de garçon, written by Christian Bruel and Anne Galland, with illustrations by Anne Bozellec (1976). Produced in the aftermath of the protest movements of ’68 and the rise of second wave feminism, Julie is a fearlessly dark exploration of the emotional fallout experienced by a little girl when her parents cannot accept her for who she is.  Continue reading

Kim Dhillon, We tell ourselves stories in order to live

Kim Dhillon, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, 2016, Commissioned by CCA, Glasgow. Courtesy of the artist.

Kim Dhillon, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, 2016, Commissioned by CCA, Glasgow. Courtesy of the artist.

Our project partner, Kim Dhillon from Invisible Spaces of Parenthood, has just opened a new installation in Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts. ‘We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live’ explores 1970s non-sexist, multi-racial children’s books published by feminist collectives, as part of the CCA’s new exhibition Forms of Action. You can read more about some of the books and collectives featured in the exhibition in Dhillon’s blog post for us here.

Dr Elsa Richardson will be running reading group sessions at the Women’s Library in Glasgow in which visitors will read and discuss together the children’s books from the exhibition. Themes explored include: representations of genders, lesbian parents, models of care, and radical and taboo subjects for children’s books.