Call for work

In celebration of the launch of IRONBBRATZ tenant, Sue Reid Sexton’s new novel Mavis’s Shoe, IRONBBRATZ and Waverley Books are delighted to invite submissions from creative practitioners for an exhibition that addresses themes present in the novel.

Mavis’s Shoe is ‘a strong novel about the trauma of the Clydebank Blitz during the Second World War told through the eyes of a young girl, Lenny Gillespie.’

WHO:  Relevant submissions in any discipline are welcome

WHERE:  IRONBBRATZ Studios, Floor 3, 84 Miller Street, Glasgow, G1 1DT

WHEN:  Exhibition Runs – Friday, March 11–Friday, April 1, 2011 with Preview Thursday, March 10, 2011

DEADLINE for submissions:  Sunday, February 20, 2011

HOW:  Please complete this Submission Form and Guidelines and email it and 4-6 digital example of your work to

Copies of Mavis’s Shoe may be borrowed from IRONBBRATZ for research purposes.

Work for the exhibition will be selected by Sue Reid Sexton (author), Amanda Dobbratz (Director, IRONBBRATZ), and Ron Grosset (Publisher, Waverley Books).

More info about Mavis’s Shoe:
Lenny survives the bombing, but in the chaos of that night she cannot find her mum and her wee sister, Mavis. Told in an urgent, true-grit voice, the story describes the devastation of the blitz as seen through Lenny’s eyes. During her desperate search for her mum and sister, Lenny finds a shoe she thinks belongs to Mavis and it becomes her talisman in the days that follow. Lenny is forced to flee over the hills to the hut community of Carbeth in the company of a scary neighbour, Mr Tait, her old school teacher, Miss Weatherbeaten, and little Rosie, a girl who is oddly like Mavis. With Mr Tait’s help she finds her mother but still no Mavis. It is left to Lenny herself to return to the terrifying scenes of devastation and search amongst the rubble for her wee sister.

Mavis Chap 1&2

Submission Form and Guidelines


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