When I Was Twelve (Short Story)

When I Was Twelve‘ is a short story, written by Jenny Kay Dupuis around a small moment in time about a day when I was 12 and how wearing glasses and experiencing a community event, a powwow was one of many experiences that contributed to her understanding of identity-building, culture, and community.

The story is included as part of Clearly World’s ‘Glasses in Classes’ campaign.

To mark World Sight Day 2020 and their ‘Glasses in Classes’ campaign, Clearly published ‘Through the Looking Glasses: Stories About Seeing Clearly’. Thirty-five amazing authors and illustrators from across the world have contributed to this collection of stories, illustrations, and memoirs about seeing clearly.

Clearly’s ‘Glasses in Classses’ campaign aims to get sight tests, affordable glasses, and other treatments into every school in the world to give children the best start in life. To promote this campaign, the charity has created a collection of stories, illustrations, and memories for children from contributors including Quentin Blake, David Baddiel, Lauren Child, Cressida Cowell, Michael Morpurgo, Dermot O’Leary, and many others around the world.

Clearly launched the book across their book across their social channels at 8 am UK time on Thursday, October 8th, following soon after by the first of their Bedtime Stories of readings from the anthology, read by a mix of authors and celebrities, including Michelle Yeoh, Caroline Dusabel, and Billie Jean King.


Download your free copy from throughthelookingglasses.world. See page 88 for Jenny Kay Dupuis’ short story, ‘When I Was Twelve‘.

Through the Looking Glasses Intro Page