31st May 2001
Two student illustrators from the Hull School of Art and Design have been highly commended in this year’s Macmillan Children’s Picture Book competition.
And the publishers behind the competition say that the group of students entered by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside was the strongest in the country.
David Whittle (22) from Bramham, near Wetherby, and Natalie Cookson (22) from Bramhope in Leeds narrowly missed out on the prizes in this year’s competition but were highly commended by the judges.
Both have been commissioned to illustrate books which are to be published soon by the Oxford University Press.
“We’ve been in the finals now for a number of years but we haven’t managed to pick up one of the top prizes, largely because the students we enter are mostly second-years,” said John Longworth, a senior lecturer in Illustration at the Hull School of Art and Design.
“But the nice thing was that Macmillan rang me up and told me that the group of students that we entered was the strongest and the most competitive group in the country.
“That was good to hear because ours were mostly second-year students and in the competition they were up against third-years from the Royal College of Art.”
Students who enter the Macmillan Children’s Picture Book competition write their own original stories, design their books and take responsibility for all the graphics and the layout.
Last year ULH students Louise Ellis and Alice Beasley were similarly commended by Macmillan.
To interview either of the students, or for more information, contact:
Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager
University of Lincolnshire & Humberside
Tel: 01522 886042
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