Bethan wins World Illustration Awards prize

Published: 10 August 2017 at 15:01

Bethan Woollvin

Former Anglia Ruskin student triumphs in competition attracting over 2,300 entries

Talented Anglia Ruskin University graduate Bethan Woollvin has added another award to her glittering CV, after winning the New Talent (Children’s Books) prize at the 2017 World Illustration Awards.

Bethan, who grew up in South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, graduated in 2015 from Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus with a First Class BA (Hons) Illustration degree.

In 2014 she won the Macmillan Prize, awarded by Macmillan Children’s Books, while her debut book, Little Red, was named by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016. Her follow-up book Rapunzel was published earlier this summer.

Chris Draper, Course Leader for Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“We are incredibly proud of Bethan’s achievements, both while she was on the course and since leaving. 

“It is real credit to her hard work and gentle sense of mischief that she was nominated and won this globally recognised award.  Given that her career has got off to such a great start, we look forward to hearing more good news in the future.”

The World Illustration Awards is the annual competition of the Association of Illustrators (AOI), and this year attracted over 2,300 entries from artists and illustrators from 64 countries.

An exhibition featuring 50 of the shortlisted projects, including Bethan’s work, is currently on show at Somerset House in London until 28 August. Entry is free.

And Anglia Ruskin will host the World Illustration Awards exhibition later this year. It will go on show at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge from November until January 2018.