Published: 14 February 2017 at 15:22
Anglia Ruskin University graduate’s Moon Rabbit story was inspired by her mother
Anglia Ruskin University graduate Camille Whitcher has won the prestigious Salariya Book Prize at the Stratford Literary Festival with her magical tale Moon Rabbit, based on Far East folk legend.
Camille will have her book published by Salariya imprint, Scribblers, and will receive a £5,000 advance against royalties from Salariya and advice from leading illustration agent, Jodie Hodges of United Agents.
The competition was open to debut writers and illustrators and was judged by a panel including Ashley King of Waterstones and Tereze Brikmane of the children’s bookshop Tales on Moon Lane.
Illustrator Sarah McIntyre, who was also on the judging panel, said:
The shortlist for the prize also included current MA students Josephine Birch and Rachel Quarry. Moon Rabbit will be published later this year.
Meanwhile MA Children’s Book Illustration student Rachel Stubbs has won this year’s Sebastian Walker Award for Illustration, along with a cheque for £500.
Established in 2011 in honour of Walker Books’ founder Sebastian Walker, the award celebrates new talent in children’s illustration and is run in collaboration with the MA in Children’s Book Illustration course at Anglia Ruskin.
Martin Salisbury, Professor of Illustration and Course Leader for the MA Children’s Book Illustration, said: