Winners announced for the first international Lauren Child Poetry Illustration Prize

Published on: 20 November 2018

Here are the finalists of the first international Lauren Child Poetry Illustration Prize, set up by the Children's Laureate, that celebrates the very best young illustrators. 

The first time that an international award combines poetry and illustration, the Lauren Child Poetry Illustration Prize has been on the lookout for young illustrators from 18-25 at the start of their career.

The prize was 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.

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. 

Winners and runners-up

The overall winner is Bryony Usher, 21, from Windsor, Berkshire, who illustrated a poem called His Place by Indra Carigiet.

The four runners-up are Jacob Courtney, Kerrie Maccauley, Laura Wade and Ursi Tolliday.

The remaining finalists are James Bailey, Frances Bicker, Riannon Bristow, Hyelim Cho, Emily Morris, Juliania Shugaeva, Catriona Sweeney and Bethany Wheeler.

Commenting on the finalists, Lauren Child says:

‘The entries we received exceeded our expectations. We were looking for 12 finalists but in the end picked 13. Of the final 13, five illustrators were selected for special commendation because they so perfectly answered the brief, and do so with great personality and skill. The illustrator’s job is to go beyond the obvious and reach towards a response that truly evokes the poem and moves the reader and is personal to the illustrator.'

Go see the artwork

An exhibition of winners and runners-up artwork, plus the poems, will be on display at St Pancras International until 3 January 2019.

Wendy Spinks from HS1 says:

'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 putting on this wonderful exhibition. As a destination known for offering new and exciting arts and music experiences, we look forward to displaying this wonderful work from the world’s up and coming illustrators.'

However, if you cannot get to London to see the incredible illustrations up close, you can also take a look at our gallery below...

More about the Children's Laureate

See the winner and three runners-up

2018 winner - Bryony Usher
2018 Runner Up - Laura Wade
2018 Runner Up - Jacob Courtney
2018 Runner Up - Kerrie Maccauley
Artwork by runner up Ursi Tolliday
2018 winner - Bryony Usher

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2018 Runner Up - Laura Wade

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2018 Runner Up - Jacob Courtney

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2018 Runner Up - Kerrie Maccauley

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Artwork by runner up Ursi Tolliday

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