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Last November, Life & Deaf won the Arts and Culture Award at the Children and Young People Now Awards, of which we were the proud sponsors. Life & Deaf work to promote inclusion and accessibility to literature for all children and access to books which represent the diversity of society. Their winning project What the Jackdaw Saw is a children's book that takes an inventive look at sign language.


Life & Deaf is a not-for-profit organisation that uses literature and the arts to help deaf children explore their identities and develop communication skills and emotional literacy. By sharing children’s work they aim to raise deaf awareness within families, schools and the wider community.

What the Jackdaw Saw was born out of a workshop where then Children’s Laureate and author Julia Donaldson worked with 20 deaf children to create a picture book with an inclusive message. The book, illustrated by Arts Award champion Nick Sharratt, encourages readers of all ages to learn some sign language.

Arts Award Voice interviewed Life & Deaf about their win, their work and inclusivity in the arts, read the full interview over on the Arts Award voice website.