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St Pancras International is extending its annual Betjeman Poetry Prize into the world of illustration, as it announces an exciting new global search for young illustrators in partnership with Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, and London-based gallery, House of Illustration.

St Pancras International is extending its annual Betjeman Poetry Prize into the world of illustration, as it announces an exciting new global search for young illustrators in partnership with Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, and London-based gallery, House of Illustration.

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St Pancras International partners with House of Illustration and ‘Charlie and Lola’ author to launch worldwide hunt for young illustration talent
• Lauren Child, bestselling author, illustrator, and creator of characters including ‘Charlie and Lola’, ‘Clarice Bean’ and ‘Ruby Redfort’ launches illustration prize in collaboration with House of Illustration and St Pancras International
• Global competition opens for 18-25 year olds today (1 Feb 2018)
• Winner to receive £1,000 and support to kick-start their career in illustration

01 February 2018: St Pancras International is extending its annual Betjeman Poetry Prize into the world of illustration, as it announces an exciting new global search for young illustrators in partnership with Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, and London-based gallery, House of Illustration.

From today (1 February), aspiring young illustrators have the exciting opportunity to enter the first ever ‘Lauren Child Poetry Illustration Prize’ – a worldwide competition for 18-25 year olds with a £1,000 prize fund, that challenges budding talent to illustrate winning poems from the Betjeman Poetry Prize.

Lauren Child, Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate comments: “Three years ago I was one of the judges of the Betjeman Poetry Prize at St Pancras International. I was struck by the beauty of the poems, the sophistication of thought, and by how personal many of them were. On reading them I immediately thought that I would love to see them illustrated. For me short poetry is an ideal place to start illustration, because it encourages one to think abstractly, to take a poem and translate it into picture and in doing so to create something that enhances the words. I hope that illustrating one of these poems will give aspiring illustrators a chance to work to a challenging brief and, potentially, bring their work to a wider audience.”

The entries will be judged by Lauren Child; director of the House of Illustration, Colin McKenzie; Queen’s Gold Medal winning poet and artist, Imtiaz Dharker; and Jane Ferguson, editor of the Observer Review. Following a prize ceremony at House of Illustration in King’s Cross, the winner and highly commended artists will see their work exhibited alongside the poems at St Pancras International between 6 September and 4 October 2018 – National Poetry Day.

Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 comments: “We are celebrating St Pancras International’s 150th birthday in 2018, so it is fitting that we will help celebrate young talent like never before by playing host to this new competition. As a destination known for offering new and exciting arts and music experiences, we look forward to displaying work from the world’s up and coming illustrators in the run up to National Poetry Day.”
House of Illustration Director and competition judge, Colin McKenzie, comments: “These poems present some wonderful opportunities for illustrators. The most successful illustration invariably results from a real empathy between illustrator and the work being illustrated so entrants should choose to illustrate a poem that really captures their imagination. We are really looking forward to seeing the different approaches taken.”

The competition is now open for entries at www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk/laurenchildprize until 9am on 1 May 2018.

Location

Details

  • Date(s) and time:

    1st Feb - 9 am 1st May

  • Admission Price:

    FREE

  • Website:

    Stpancras.com

  • Nearest Tube:

    King's Cross St Pancras

  • Area:

    Camden Town NW1