Pansy Boy is a picture book written and illustrated by artist Paul Harfleet. Rhyming couplets tell the story of a boy who revels in the joys of summer, exploring the flora and fauna around him. Reluctantly he returns to school where he is subjected to incessant bullying. Intelligent and bright, he is driven to create a plan to reclaim his school...
Pansy Boy is a creative extension of Paul Harfleet’s ongoing artwork, The Pansy Project. The artist has been planting pansies at the site of homophobia since 2005 and it is this revelation that ends Pansy Boy, bringing the concept into the real world. The Pansy Project has featured in many exhibitions and festivals around the world. Notably his Pansy Project Garden won a Gold Medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2010. In 2015 Harfleet was the subject of a documentary commissioned by CANAL+, it went on to win several documentary film awards. His work is currently on show in Never Going Underground an exhibition that explores the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.
The author wrote Pansy Boy for his seven year old self. Designed to offer children of all ages an alternative version of childhood that transcends stereotype. Equally the book is an educational device that celebrates art, ornithology, horticulture and is a tool to help discuss playground bullying and burgeoning sexual identity.
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