McIntyre complaint prompts CILIP Carnegie rethink

McIntyre complaint prompts CILIP Carnegie rethink

The organisers of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards are "producing a revised [nominations] list as soon as possible", and will consider revising the awards’ criteria for the future, following illustrator Sarah McIntyre's objection to being omitted from the nomination for Oliver and the Seawigs (OUP Children’s Books).
 
Yesterday, CILIP released its list of nominations for the 2015 awards, but said the author of Oliver and the Seawigs (OUP Children’s Books) was Philip Reeve, and did not mention Sarah McIntyre.
 
McIntyre, who co-created and illustrated the book, suggested the organisers should open the award up to books attributed to co-authors. “Because the book has a lot of illustrations it has a shorter text; the world is built by the pictures as well as the words,” she told The Bookseller.

 In response, Joy Court, Chair of the CILIP CKG Working Party, which administers the award, today said she is working on a revised list to this year’s nominations and also will consider revising the criteria for next year.
 
In a statement posted on the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards page on Facebook, she said: “It is unfortunate perhaps that this particular book did not receive dual nominations and perhaps we should offer more guidance and advice to nominators about this? The Working Party will next consider revisions to the published criteria before nominations open in September 2015 and meanwhile we would welcome opinions from authors, illustrators, publishers and shadowing groups to assist our considerations.”
 
She added: “In listing nominations we should ensure that all people involved with the creation of the nominated book are given due credit. We do this already with the Greenaway nominations in that we list the author of the book in addition to the illustrator and it would be consistent and fair to apply the same principle to the Carnegie nominations.”