Judge Brenda: Equal to Everything
Illustration by Henny Beaumont
“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”– Lady Hale
UPDATE We are delighted to announce that thanks to the generous donations made by many individuals, combined with a grant from the Sigrid Rausing Trust, we have raised the necessary funds needed to publish this exciting book.
We want to ensure we produce the best book we can that has the maximum chance to inspire as many young people as it deserves to so we are continuing to fundraise. The additional funds will allow us to get some specialist educational marketing support to ensure we maximise coverage to schools. We also want to work with children at every stage of the production process to make sure we are getting our message over - as well as produce new animations and materials. You can donate here
The life and career of Lady Hale, the most senior judge in 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 also will 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.
The book is to be funded through donations and published in 2019, one hundred years after women were first permitted to be lawyers.
See the animated trailer here
Support the project
We need to raise a minimum £25,000 to cover creation and production costs. Any money donated will go towards the project. 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.
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, 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 Award for Non-Fiction.
LAG is a national charity committed to improving access to justice, particularly for the vulnerable and socially excluded. To meet these aims, LAG publishes a monthly journal, Legal Action, and authoritative yet accessible legal handbooks that are widely used by lawyers, advisers and voluntary organisations to provide advice and assistance to those in need.