T1 ACTRESS RELEASES CHILDREN'S BOOK
Actress Jade Byrne, creator and star of
the one-woman play, Pricks, has released
her debut children's book, Daisy Donald.
The 34-year-old from County Durham
was diag-nosed with Type 1 diabetes
in November 1989, and the book takes
on the topic in an imaginative manner.
"I've met a lot of people with a lack of
understanding about Type 1 and also
learnt that it's not their fault that they're
ignorant of what Type 1 is. It's actu-ally
because they've not been taught about
it," she explains, "That's why I made Pricks
because if you're going to teach people,
you need to start from the bottom up. If
you learn from a young age, then you can
pass it on for generations to come."
Daisy Donald is a six-year-old gingerhaired,
dungaree dress-wearing child
who wears a superhero cape to fight off
an invisible monster - Type 1 diabetes. "I
relate to this so much and hope that other
Type 1s, or people with connections to it,
will also be able to relate to that monster;
I also hope people, in general, will pick
up the book, not just those in the Type
1 community. I hope any child can learn
something, or a parent can read it to their
child without realising what it's really about
until they get to that part, and therefore
learned something new about Type 1
diabetes and the reality of living with it."
Byrne is a celebrity ambassador for
JDRF, a percentage of sales from the
book goes to the charity. RRP £7.99. To
buy from Etsy, click HERE.
Byrne's stage show, Pricks, is on the
road for the fifth time this spring. Created
in 2017, Pricks is Byrne's biographical
tale of life with Type 1 diabetes infused
with plenty of tears and humour and is
designed for everyone - not just people
with diabetes. "It's about 50/50 with
regards to audience members who have
a connection with Type 1 and audience
members with no connection, but they all
love it," she says. "I wrote it to entertain
and educate everyone, not just a niche
audience, although it appeals to a niche
audience, and I love to connect with Type
1's everywhere I go."
Touring the show last year saw her
garner support from fellow T1D actor
James Nor-ton, while Byrne found time
to pen Daisy Donald, who turns up as a
special guest on the spring tour. Pricks is
touring across the UK throughout March
and early April, with more than 12 dates
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