Penguin Random House has today launched a fan artwork competition for Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann), asking people to create works inspired by the only line released from the new book.
Lee’s novel features some of the same characters from her bestselling book To Kill a Mockingbird, and follows protagonist Jean Louise “Scout” Finch as she returns to Maycomb from New York, where she is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.
The line released from Go Set a Watchman is: “Every man’s island, Jean Louise, every man’s watchman, is his conscience.”
Penguin Random House said it intended to “foster some of the same creativity and passion for Go Set a Watchman” as there was for To Kill a Mockingbird.
Six artists have been commissioned to create artworks inspired by the line from Go Set a Watchman, with the artwork being released on social media in the run-up to the competition’s closing on 19th June.
The launch illustration is from Telegramme Paper Co illustration studio.
A panel of judges will select 10 winning entries to be exhibited at Waterstones Piccadilly, London, for a two week period. These winners will also each receive a Penguin Random House book bundle worth £50.
Full terms and conditions and details of how to apply can be found on the Go Set a Watchman Facebook page.
Go Set a Watchman will be released on 14th July.