The 2019 Templar Illustration Prize has been awarded to Paula White for her story Bread, Buns and Biscuits.
The 2019 prize invited applicants to submit book materials on the theme “Where I Come From” aimed at pre-school children up to 12 years. The prize was awarded to White at an event hosted by Nomad Books in Fulham, London last night (18th September).
The Cambridge school of Art (ARU) graduate created Bread, Buns and Biscuits for her final MA project in Children’s Book Illustration. The non-fiction picture book is inspired by White’s grandfather Percy, who decided to become a baker in a world built around the fishing trade.
The submissions were judged by Templar authors and illustrators Jonny Duddle, Lara Hawthorne, Lucia Gaggiotti and Frann-Preston Gannon. White received a prize of £750 and a chance to be considered for publication by Bonnier imprint Templar.
Jane Harris, m.d. of children’s trade at Bonnier Books UK, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Paula White has won the prize; her illustrations produced a shared gasp of admiration when we first looked at them in the judging room. Her drawings are original and sophisticated, with an air of immediate beauty that portray ordinary scenes in a unique way. We instantly loved them.”
Gaggiotti added: “Paula White writes poems through images. Her [work] evokes smells, tastes, and sounds that have almost disappeared. Her pencil fades away like the traditions of the village from which she comes from, but slight touches of colour give life and hope to a possible present — to stories that never die.”
Fellow ARU graduates Sally Walker and Maria Coco were shortlisted for the second annual prize which which aims to discover new illustrative talent. Coco was awarded second place and received £500 for her submission, The New Swamp, while walker Walker was awarded third place and a cash prize of £250 for her submission, Grandpa’s World.
Freelance illustrator Emma Chadwick won the inaugural Templar Illustration Prize for her story Douglas in the Land of Faraway. The book will be published by Templar in 2021.