The Unforgotten Coat

The Unforgotten Coat  is an acclaimed children’s book, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Walker, 2011). One thread of the narrative concerns the recreation of Mongolia in Polaroid photo form by two refugee brothers living in Bootle. 

The book won the Guardian Children’s Fiction prize, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2013 in the category Best Children´s Book and has been translated into several languages. It remains a core text for the Reader Organisation’s reading groups in the community and has been praised for highlighting the plight of young asylum seekers

The book was illustrated by Edge Hill University lecturers Carl Hunter and Clare Heney, who created digital images of the Polaroid photos from the story. In 2013, further creative research was undertaken to extend the original work into an exhibition format and the images have undergone a further transformation, from the digital into analogue Polaroid-style photographs.

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Artist Information

Carl Hunter

Carl Hunter is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Edge Hill University and bassist with Liverpool pop band The Farm, who achieved numerous hit singles/albums both in Britain, Europe and America. Carl is a graphic designer, photographer and filmmaker, his short films have been screened at various festivals around the world and he co-wrote and produced the feature film Grow Your Own with Frank Cottrell-Boyce for BBC Films.


Clare Heney

Clare Heney is a filmmaker, photographer and Lecturer in Film and Television at Edge Hill University. Clare has directed short films, music videos, and has delivered film workshops across the country.

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