She Inspired


She Inspired is an exciting new comics competition, led by the creators of educational comic ‘Clockwork Express’, and offering school children the chance to see their own artwork in print and on display to the public.

Taking inspiration from the life and work of a notable female scientist, pupils will be invited to produce their own ‘comic book-style’ creations, with winning entries being printed in a special edition of Clockwork Express, and going on display at Techniquest Glyndŵr to coincide with International Women’s Day 2012.

The competition is completely free to enter, and open to any children between the ages of 8 and 12. Schools taking part will receive free copies of Clockwork Express for their classrooms and libraries, be invited to receive a free assembly or class presentation delivered by the Clockwork Express artists themselves (either at their school or as part of a trip to TQG), and a free visit to Techniquest Glyndŵr to view the exhibition.

The closing date for completed entries is 11th February 2012. Entries must be submitted on A4 paper, and can be in any media.

If you are interested in taking part, or would like some more information, then you can get in touch with us by emailing or by calling 01978 293400.

Clockwork Express

Clockwork Express follows the fantastic time-traveling adventures of the daring Professor Lillian Primrose and her trusty sidekick – a curious clockwork canary named Tweet – as they journey through the ages meeting notable women from history, getting in and out of trouble, lending a hand and learning along the way!

Clockwork Express Artists

This brave young heroine teaches interesting facts though her travels which pupils (years 5-7) will find memorable and fun to learn. The magazine also features factsheets to help children to contextualise the stories they are reading.

The magazine is designed to give children a fun, positive and engaging alternative learning experience; stimulating curiosity in the areas of science, maths, history and art; and provoking thought about gender equality and the potential scope of careers for women.

The magazine is created by north Wales based artists Heather Wilson, Charlie Shephard and Taryn Whittam, currently studying at the North Wales School of Art and Design, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham.

The magazine was piloted in the summer of 2011, and schools entering the competition will be the first to receive copies of its first full edition.


In July 2011, Techniquest Glyndŵr received an Arts Council of Wales grant of £3000 to support the ‘She Inspired’ project of the Clockwork Express Artists.

The project’s principle aim is to inspire learning in all, whilst promoting positive female role models and career aspirations for girls in non-traditional fields, and to do this via a means which is creative and cross-curricular. It is hoped that not only will the project inspire pupils in this way, but also give them a rare opportunity to see their own work put into print and on public display.

The project is being delivered by Heather Wilson, Charlie Shephard and Taryn Whittam, the creators of Clockwork Express, in conjunction with TQG and with the support of the Arts Council for Wales and the North Wales School of Art and Design.