Just added to a gallery of Profile portraits, by Polish photographer Renata Młynarczyk from Krakow
Something omitted from this (admittedly brief) profile, and many others, is the fact that Riddell has for many years illustrated the front covers for the monthly Literary Review. Here is his cover for the December/January edition:
Children’s author/illustrator Chris Riddell stands out in both categories: a two-time medallist of the Kate Greenaway award for his drawings, he’s also the recipient of multiple Nestlé awards for writing.
His clean lines, outrageous hairstyle creations and many-eyed monsters – testament to a stint as the Observer political cartoonist – impart panache to any story. As a writer, his blend of the absurd and the poignant, the highbrow with light-touch literary references, appeal strongly to children and parents
His latest solo effort, Goth Girl And The Ghost Of A Mouse, has just won the children’s Costa Award, which puts Riddell up against Kate Atkinson, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Nathan Filer and Michael Symmons Roberts to win the overall prize on January 28.
Profile of YA Author Veronica Roth from The Independent
If the name Veronica Roth means little to you right now, then you are: a) probably not a teenager, and b) unlikely to be in the dark for much longer. The 25-year-old is the hottest property in the increasingly high-profile and commercially successful world of Young Adult fiction. Her recently completed trilogy of dark, dystopian novels has already sold more than five million copies across the world – an astonishing figure that will only grow over the coming 12 months.
A long profile of the new Children’s Laureate, by Susanna Rustin, in which Malorie Blackman pledges to pay more attention to teenagers than her predecessors
"I think younger children have been incredibly well served by the laureates we’ve had, but maybe teenagers haven’t had as much of a look-in, so I’m looking forward to redressing the balance," she said.