Event Will Also Celebrate Contemporary Children’s Picture Book Illustration

The shortlist for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize is to be announced live at a special event at Foyles Charing Cross Road on the evening of Wednesday 17 May. Established in 2016, the Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. It honours publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of children’s publisher Andersen Press and a supremely influential figure in picture books.

As well as the announcement of the shortlist, the Foyles special event will celebrate the art of the picture book: Professor Martin Salisbury, Course Leader in the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, and distinguished illustrators Michael Foreman, Emily Gravett and Mini Grey will discuss what makes great picture book illustration, and how illustrators today use pictures to move, entertain and influence their audience.

The 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist will be announced by last year’s winner Nicholas John Frith, 2017 judge Tamara Macfarlane and chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare. Julia Eccleshare says, ‘The Klaus Flugge Prize is all about celebrating picture book illustration and putting exciting new talent in the spotlight. We are delighted to be announcing the shortlist live at this very special Foyles event and to have such a stellar panel of speakers. This will be an unmissable event for all those interested in children’s picture book illustration.’

All of the longlisted illustrators and their editors have been invited to attend.

The event will begin at 6.30pm and conclude at 8.00pm. This is a ticketed event and tickets cost £8 or £5 for Foyalty members and students. A glass of wine is included in the cost of the ticket. The venue is The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road. Tickets can be purchased here.

Klaus Flugge Prize Judges 2017

The judges for the 2017 prize are Axel Scheffler, multi-million selling illustrator of The Gruffalo; Nicolette Jones, children’s books editor of the Sunday Times; Tamara Macfarlane, owner of Tales on Moon Lane children’s bookshop; and last year’s winner Nicholas John Frith. The panel will be chaired by Julia Eccleshare, children's books editor of the Guardian. The shortlist will be announced in May and the winner announced in September 2017. The winning illustrator will receive a cheque for £5,000.

‘We are delighted to be inviting submissions for the second Klaus Flugge Prize’, said Julia Eccleshare, ‘This important new award champions the work of talented new illustrators and puts children’s book illustration in the spotlight.’

Nicholas John Frith said: ‘It was such an honour to be the first person to receive this award and the fact that it is for illustration means a lot. I’ll be honest, when I started the final artwork for Hector and Hummingbird, I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing or even if it would work out. Winning the Klaus Flugge Prize proved to me it did. I’m delighted to be playing a part in giving other illustrators the same boost to their confidence and careers.’

For further information contact:

Anne Marley MBE
Administrator Klaus Flugge Prize
0797 608 2049

Media enquiries to:

Andrea Reece
020 8889 1292 / 07807893369

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