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Busting into the big time.

Byline: Joanna Desira

A budding young author from East Cleveland has won national recognition for her first children's book.

Amy Wilde, 21, from Skelton, was highly commended in the Macmillan Children's Picture Book competition for her book Buster and Squeezer.

Now her work will be among the imaginative concepts being exhibited at Teesside University's annual design degree show from today until next Wednesday in the main hall at Middlesbrough Tower, off Borough Road.

Amy wrote and illustrated Buster and Squeezer specifically for the competition and was praised in the children's picture book illustration category.

She said: "I was absolutely shocked to achieve the highly commended category in a national competition. I thought I wouldn't stand a chance.

"My book is humorous and explores the friendship between two very different characters, Buster, a small boy, and Squeezer, a giant chicken. It's a bizarre relationship, but they get along and Squeezer defends Buster against some bullies. I'd really love to see the book produced."

A campaign devised by a Billingham student to encourage children to swap fizzy drinks for milk will also be under the spotlight at the university show.

Lisa Marshall, a design marketing student, devised her campaign after returning to her old primary school, Roseberry School, in Billingham, to conduct research.

Lisa said: "I interviewed a group of ten to 11-year-old pupils and showed them some of my sample models to get their reactions, and see what their impressions of milk were.

"A lot of the children thought the idea of drinking more milk was a good one, but they preferred to drink milk shakes, or have milk as a sports drink.

"The campaign's message is that kids can drink milk while doing sports. It also promotes milk as a natural, nutritious source of energy, and asks children to consider getting away from fizzy drinks.

"I've also redesigned the milk packaging, to make it much more contemporary. I'd love to see the campaign taken up."

Also on display will be a unique concept to allow wheelchair users to enjoy a day on the beach.

The Beach Cruiser adaptation has been designed by industrial design student Ray Donnison, 21, from Middlesbrough, and features larger wheels that fit underneath a wheelchair, allowing it to be pushed along the beach.

Ray said: "There are specific beach-wheelchairs available, but they are very expensive. I thought there was a clear advantage in designing an additional unit, which would prevent the user from having to buy an additional chair."

Mum Ayse Babur-Puplett, 29, of Stockton, has re-designed a building in Church Road in Stockton as her ideal contemporary restaurant.

She said: "It was a really interesting project to tackle and I've even shown my designs to the owners of the building."

All the students' work will be exhibited at the New Designers Show in London next month.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 3, 2004
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