About the author:

About the Author

Layla Gibiliru, is the author and illustrator of Tatty Ava. She has grown up in Liverpool, in a mixed-race family, with a Liverpudlian mother and her father being originally from Yemen. This book has been inspired by her daughter who is part Ghanaian and has beautiful curly hair. Layla felt before creating Tatty Ava, that there were not many characters in stories that her daughter could relate to in a fun, natural way, without obviously identifying their differences. Tatty Ava was originally created for Layla’s daughter to help create confidence, self-esteem, laughter and spark imagination. It is important to Layla in her work to always give a variety of representation to provide equality in a fun, un-obvious way. In the past Layla has showcased art exhibitions that discuss the struggles of inequality and identity. This has been displayed independently, in group exhibitions and as a solo exhibition as part of the Liverpool Arts festival, BlackFest in 2019. Layla also regularly volunteers in scouts and has been a Beaver leader for a Liverpool Scout group for the last 4 years.

Check out Layla Gibiliru’s other projects: www.laylagibiliru.com

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