Illustrator Mark pops up with award



A children’s book illustrator who developed his art at the University of Lincoln has won a national award.


Best Friends front coverMark Chambers and publisher Tango Books won the Best Children’s Book Award at the National Association for Special Educational Needs Awards 2008.


The winning publication, a pop-up book called Best Friends, tells the story of a wheel-chair bound boy and his female friend who go on a series of colourful adventures using the power of their imaginations.


The awards ceremony was held at the Hotel Russell in London, where actor and journalist Tom Watt presented the honours.


Mark said: “Being shortlisted was an achievement in itself – to actually win it was fantastic.”


The 28-year-old, who grew up in Sleaford, studied Illustration at the University of Lincoln. He signed for the Bright Agency in London five years ago after graduating with a 2:1.


He has been commissioned by some of the UK’s biggest publishers. He worked on illustrations and promotional material for the redesign of the children’s zoo at London Zoo.


He has just finished a book for Simon & Schuster called The Adventures of an Aluminium Can.


Mark lives and works in Lincoln, using a studio at The Terrace which is just a short walk from his home.


He said: “2008 has been a special year for me. It’s been a lot of hard work but if you are self-employed in a creative industry, you have to be really driven. You have to keep updating your portfolio with new material. It’s not a job where you can switch off.”

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