•Exhibition of winners and runners-up artwork and the poems on display at St Pancras International until 3 January 2019.
•Prize set up by Lauren Child, current Waterstones Children’s Laureate and bestselling author of Charlie and Lola and Hubert Horatio, in association with the Betjeman Prize, the House of Illustration and St Pancras International.
The finalists of the first international Lauren Child Poetry Illustration Prize are announced today 20th November at a special celebration at the House of Illustration, London. The poems and illustration will be on display at the Upper Concourse of St Pancras International Station until 3 January.The overall winner is Bryony Usher, 21, from Windsor, Berkshire, who illustrated a poem called His Place by Indra Carigiet. The three runners up are Jacob Courtney, from Harlow, Essex, Kerrie Maccauley, from Deptford, South East London, and Laura Wade from Edinburgh.
The thirteen finalists are James Bailey, Frances Bicker, Riannon Bristow, Hyelim, Cho, Jacob Courtney, Kerrie Mccauley, Emily Morris, Juliania Shugaeva, Catriona Sweeney, Ursi Tolliday, Bryony Usher, Laura Wade, Bethany Wheeler.
All the entrants were asked to choose and illustrate one poem from a selection of ten Betjeman Poetry Prize winning poems by young poets aged 10-13. The overall winner received a cash prize of £1k. The runners-up received art materials donated by Winsor and Newton.
The prize is a collaboration between the House of Illustration, St Pancras International, Betjeman Poetry Prize and 2017-2019 Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child. Judges for the Prize were director of the House of Illustration, Colin McKenzie; Queen’s Gold Medal winning poet and illustrator, Imtiaz Dharker, and current Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child.
To see all the finalists’ entries go to: www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk/laurenchildprize