Published: 8 February 2017 at 15:08
Meg, Matt and Fabi are flying the flag for MA in Children’s Book Illustration course
Three Anglia Ruskin University alumni have today been announced on the shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017, widely regarded as one of the most prestigious accolades in the world of children’s books.
Meg McLaren, Matt Robertson and Fabi Santiago, all recent graduates of the MA in Children’s Book Illustration, are shortlisted in the Illustrated Books category which has been dominated in recent years by the work of former students of the Anglia Ruskin University course.
David Barrow and Matty Long were nominated in 2016, whilst three graduates from the course were shortlisted in both 2015 (Suzanne Barton, Victoria Turnbull and Steve Anthony) and 2014 (Courtney Dicmas, Elys Dolan and Gemma Merino).
Shaun Wesley, Bookshop Manager at Waterstones Cambridge said:
Martin Salisbury, Professor of Illustration and Course Leader for the MA Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge School of Art, said:
Meg McLaren is nominated for Life is Magic (Andersen Press, £6.99), the enchanting tale of magician’s assistant Houdini the rabbit. Meg graduated from the MA in Children's Book Illustration in 2013 and the printmaker and illustrator now lives in Inverness.
Now based in Norwich, Matt Robertson grew up in Suffolk and spent most of his childhood drawing and creating characters. He completed his MA in Children's Book Illustration in 2014, receiving a Distinction for his work. Shortlisted for Super Stan (Hachette, £6.99), the picture book is a warm and funny tale of superhero sibling rivalry.
Fabi Santiago, who now lives in London, studied art and design in her native Brazil. Whilst travelling, she discovered the MA in Children's Book Illustration and graduated from the course in 2014 along with fellow nominee Matt Robertson. Nominated for her picture book Tiger in a Tutu (Hachette, £6.99), Fabi’s illustrations are full of movement and bold colours.
The Waterstones Children’s book prize exists to reward and champion new and emerging talent in children’s books. Now in its 13th year, it is widely regarded as one of the most important prizes for children’s books.
The winners will be announced at an evening reception at Waterstones Piccadilly in London, Europe’s largest bookshop, on Thursday, 30 March. Six books will compete within each category to be crowned category winner, with the three category winners then vying for the overall title of Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year 2017. The winner of each category will receive £2,000, with the overall winner receiving an extra £3,000.