Published: 14 September 2022 at 19:30
MA graduate wins £5,000 Klaus Flugge Prize for his book Pierre’s New Hair
Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) graduate Joseph Namara Hollis has won the 2022 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer in children’s picture book illustration.
The competition, which has a first prize of £5,000, this year featured five graduates from ARU’s world-leading MA in Children’s Book Illustration course on the six-person shortlist.
Established in 2016, the prize was founded to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books and who set up Andersen Press in 1976.
Joseph, who has previously won the V&A Student Illustrator of the Year prize, was awarded the 2022 Klaus Flugge Prize for his book Pierre’s New Hair (Tate Publishing) about a bear obsessed with looking good but also desperate to show the world his roller-skating flair!
Joseph has become the fourth graduate from the MA in Children’s Book Illustration course at ARU’s Cambridge School of Art to win the Klaus Flugge Prize in the last five years, with Flavia Z Drago claiming the top prize last year for her New York Times bestselling book Gustavo, the Shy Ghost, Eva Eland winning in 2020 with When Sadness Comes to Call, and Kate Milner taking top spot in 2018 for her book My Name is Not Refugee.
Describing himself as “dizzy with gratitude”, Joseph said:
Working in pen and ink and using strong graphic colours, Joseph has filled the pages of Pierre’s New Hair with energy and detail, and for all the absurdity of a story about a bear who wants to create the perfect quiff, Pierre’s world is real and recognisable. The Klaus Flugge Prize judges found the story full of warmth and humour, admiring the composition and creation of character.
Chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare, the director of the Children’s Programme at the Hay Festival, said:
In addition to Joseph, the six-person shortlist included ARU graduates Adam Beer (Mammoth, Simon and Schuster), Flora Delargy (Rescuing Titanic, Wide Eyed Editions), Padmacandra (The Tale of the Whale, Scallywag Press) and Anne Roos Kleiss, aka Roozeboos (Choices, Child’s Play), as well as Ricky Trickartt (Alley Cat Rally, Flying Eye Books).