The Klaus Flugge Prize prepares to boosts online activity in the face of Coronavirus as judges and past winners join this year’s shortlisted illustrators in a expanded programme of virtual celebrations.
Zoom roundtables, Twitter livestreams and special video interviews are all part of the increased online activity planned for this year’s Klaus Flugge Prize – to include announcements of both the shortlist (19th May) and the winner (16th September). Now in its fifth year, the Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. It honours Klaus Flugge, founder of publisher Andersen Press and a supremely influential figure in picture books.
“Conversation and debate about contemporary picture book illustration has always been a vital element of the Klaus Flugge Prize”, says chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare, “and live events have been integral to the prize, whether panel events with illustrators and art directors, or the announcement of the shortlist at Foyles. We can’t gather in the same room this year, so instead we will be hugely increasing our programme of virtual activity to enable those conversations and to put children’s picture book illustration in the spotlight.”
Those taking part in the activity include previous Klaus Flugge Prize winners Jessica Love (Julian is a Mermaid 2019), Kate Milner (My Name is Not Refugee 2018), Francesca Sanna (The Journey 2017) and Nicholas John Frith (Hector and Hummingbird, 2016) as well as award-winning illustrator and 2020 judge Mini Grey.
The timetable of activity includes:
- 5th May – Twitter Livestream with Mini Grey
- 6th May – publication of a recording of the Livestream
- 12th May – Zoom Klaus Flugge Prize illustrators roundtable
- 19th May – Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist announcement at 7.00pm
- 19th June – Zoom Klaus Flugge Prize designers and editors’ roundtable
- 20th June – 15th September – interviews, panels, Twitter Livestream Q&As with shortlisted illustrators and leading figures in picture book illustration
- 16th September – announcement of the winner of the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize.
The judges for the 2020 prize are award-winning illustrator Mini Grey; Meera Ghanshamdas, bookseller at Moon Lane Ink; children’s book consultant Jake Hope; Pam Smy of Anglia Ruskin University; and 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize winner Jessica Love. The panel will be chaired by Julia Eccleshare, director of the children’s programme of the Hay Festival.
The 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize longlist in full:
- Look Up!, Dapo Adeola, written by Nathan Bryan, editor Joe Marriott, designer Keren Greenfield (Puffin)
- The Mist Monster, Kirsti Beautyman, editor Alison Green, designer Zoë Tucker (Alison Green Books)
- Keith Among the Pigeons, Katie Brosnan, editor Sue Baker, designer Annie Kubler (Child’s Play)
- Caspian Finds a Friend, Merrilees Brown, written by Jacqueline Veissid, editor Victoria Rock, designer Sara Gillingham (Chronicle Books)
- Otto Blotter, Bird Spotter Graham Carter, editor Libby Hamilton, designer Rebecca Garrill (Andersen Press)
- When Sadness Comes to Call, Eva Eland, editor Libby Hamilton, designer Rebecca Garrill (Andersen Press)
- The Girl with Two Dads, Mel Elliott, editor Emma Dods, designer Abi Luffman (Egmont)
- My Hair, Allen Fatimaharan, written by Hannah Lee, editor Alice Swan, designer Emma Eldridge (Faber & Faber)
- The Star in the Forest, Helen Kellock, editor Anna Ridley, designer Aaron Hayden (Thames & Hudson)
- Where is Your Sister?, Puck Koper, editor Suzanne Carnell, designer Jo Spooner (Two Hoots)
- The Mole and the Hole, Brayden Kowalczuk, editor Katie Cotton, designer Zoë Tucker (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
- Incredible Jobs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of, Natalie Labarre, editor Victoria England, designer Holly Phillips (Nosy Crow)
- On the Origin of Species, Sabina Radeva, editor Anna Barnes Robinson, designer Keren Greenfield (Puffin)
- I Saw a Bee, Rob Ramsden, editor Janice Thomson, designer Goldy Broad (Scallywag Press)
- One Fox: A Counting Thriller Book, Kate Read, editor Suzanne Carnell, designer Jo Spooner (Two Hoots)
- Collecting Cats, Lorna Scobie, editors Sophie Cashell & Linas Alsenas, designer Strawberrie Donnelly (Scholastic)
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