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NTU Sport Scholar masters her first book

One NTU Masters and Sport Scholar student has developed her own book and is now in talks with publishers to get it on the shelves.

One NTU student and Sport scholar is in talks with publishers after developing a book for adolescents.


Nygilia McClain,  designed and created  “Song of Jade” as part of her Masters project in Graphic Design, and had been working on the story for the past two years.  The book is aimed towards 10 – 19 year olds to illustrate the effects of divorce and separation and has generated attention from her academic team and publishers, with whom she is currently is talks with to get Song of Jade on shelves.

Whilst Nygilia’s studies have been a success, she has also helped secure the Women’s Basketball 1s finish second in Midlands 1A, a league the team were only promoted into last year.Nygilia said:

I had this story in my mind since 2015. I talked to a friend from my final year in undergrad. His name was Ibrahim and we discussed the dream I had about a young Caribbean princess that goes on a journey. Overtime, during my MA, I decided to focus on targeting millennials, about ages 10-late teens. I wanted to have the plot discuss the effects of divorce and separation because it's a modern situation that does happen and I have also lived through the effects as well. One of the effects is stress. Stress can lead to memory loss.”

“In the story, after constantly dealing with her parents fighting, Jade suffered from memory loss due to the evil spirits that swallowed them away. So, the whole book itself is a journey of Jade finding her past to restore peace to her family, as well as her life.”

Nygilia, who is 1 of 4 Women’s Basketball scholars at NTU after playing for NCAA Division 3 in Albany New York where she is from, hopes to develop the book into a series, continuing:

“Song of Jade ends in a cliff-hanger, leading up to the next book in the works to continue the story. I hope to achieve connections to society and teach millennials that there are some situations you can't control, but you can always love and work hard to live a happy life. An unconditional love for things that can't be controlled is a strong gift and having patience for that will take you far in life."

The first official showing of Song of Jade will be at the Mastered Exhibition, which showcases the innovation and creativity of the Masters students graduating from the School of Art & Design. The exhibition is taking place on Tuesday 18 July from 5 pm at the Bonnington Gallery, you can RSVP to the event here. The work displayed at the Mastered Exhibition will then be open to the public between 19 – 27 July.

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NTU Sport Scholar masters her first book

Published on 14 July 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Sport; School of Art & Design

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