February 10th, 2011

bishop's stortford picture book award 2011

Yesterday morning I met Giles Andreae at Liverpool Street Station and we took the train up to Bishop's Stortford, where last year our book Morris the Mankiest Monster won the Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award. (I blogged about last year here and here.)

Giles Andreae & Sarah McIntyre

We both led a couple workshops at Bishop's Stortford College, then Giles presented this year's award. But first he gave gave a talk and told a few of his own stories, including one which I filmed here, The Knitting Gorilla:

Giles Andreae YouTube link

Lots of writer and illustrators came up for the award ceremony, including Gillian Rogerson! Our book, You Can't Eat a Princess was shortlisted, but unfortunately this year only came in fourth place. (Still, not bad, there was a huge long list.) Here she is, having come down from Leeds, with Scholastic editor Ellie Parkin. Ellie's originally from the north like Gillian, but talks like a Londoner... until the two of them get together; I couldn't help grinning as Ellie's voice starting lilting all over the place.

Ellie Parkin & Gillian Rogerson

And the winner this year was Dave by illustrator Liz Pichon (who's also a writer) and writer Sue Hendra (who's also an illustrator). Their book stars a fat ginger cat who gets stuck in a cat flap until he eats so many baked beans that he manages to blast his way out by farting. (Following on from last year's choice, I can see humour involving bodily functions goes down very well in Bishop's Stortford!)

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