A GRAPHIC designer has written a book about a cat to help children tackle bullying.

Michelle Hird is visiting Hillview Primary School in Runcorn on World Book Day March March 1.

The 31-year-old wants to inspire pupils to become more confident and talk about their feelings.

Her debut book Binx the Jinx is a story about a little black cat moving to a new town where he finds it hard to settle down.

But after meeting new friend Gin he learns that he can overcome anything.

Michelle said: “Children often feel anxious and distressed if someone picks on them. Moving from one place to another can also be unsettling.”

Michelle, who is an illustrator, drew all the pictures and came up with the story when she was studying at Liverpool John Moore’s University.

“I wanted to write a book with good morals but represented in a fresh new way that children will love. It’s a story of friendship and triumph, a message of love and respect for others.

“The book shows the stigma of being viewed differently and mental health issues that can come from that.

Michelle lives in London and works for a publishing media agency.

She has already written a sequel featuring Binx in a different story which she hopes to publish later this year.

“I would love to be a full time author and illustrator,” said Michelle. “My ultimate dream would be for Binx to become a cartoon.”

The book can be purchased on various sites including at Amazon.co.uk, Waterstones and matthewjamespublishing.com.