In 2011 we worked on the graphic novel Skint! with playwright Gowan Calder. The book was commissioned and published by the Scottish Book Trust and distributed free in Scotland. It was such a big success that Standard Life Charitable Trust and the Scottish Book Trust commissioned a second Skint!, this time for England. Skint! for England was released in January 2014 and is available in print (45000 copies) and online.
We were commissioned once more, along with Gowan Calder, to rework the book to suit the different demographics in England. A few characters were changed throughout the book, and Sandra took the opportunity of reworking the colouring too while she was changing the drawings and Gowan updated and refreshed the script.
thought-provoking graphic novel that harnesses the power of stories based on
real life experiences to bring money management to life. It is targeted at the
adult learning sector in England to help tutors support 16-26 year olds, with a
particular focus on young people who are not in education, employment or
Page from the new version of Skint!
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book
“Skint! uses the power
of language and drama to engage young people in financial decision-making,
enabling them to develop some of the fundamental skills and understanding they
need to help them keep track of their finances,to plan ahead and think through the impact of financial decisions. The aim
is to help young adults, in particular reluctant readers, to develop their
literacy, numeracy and financial capability, in the hope that this will help
them on the way to a future unburdened by money worries.