Published: 14 September 2023 at 13:29
Book that started life during Masters course at ARU is awarded Klaus Flugge Prize
Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) graduate Mariajo Ilustrajo has been named as the winner of the 2023 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. Mariajo received the £5,000 prize during a ceremony in London last night.
Four of the five illustrators on the shortlist for this year’s Klaus Flugge Prize are graduates of the MA in Children’s Book Illustration course at ARU’s Cambridge School of Art, with Mariajo featuring alongside Alice Courtley, Gill Smith and Paula White.
Originally from Madrid and now based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Mariajo won for Flooded (Frances Lincoln Books), a funny but powerful book in which animals team up to tackle the impacts of climate change.
Mariajo began Flooded while studying the MA Children’s Book Illustration course at ARU, and the work also helped her win the prize for Best New Talent at the World Illustration Awards.
The Klaus Flugge Prize judges described Flooded as fresh and beautifully drawn, and full of playfulness even as it delivers an important message. Judge and best-selling illustrator Lydia Monks said:
Chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare, Director of Hay Children’s Festival, said:
Established in 2016, the Klaus Flugge Prize honours Klaus Flugge, the founder of leading independent children’s publisher Andersen Press. Earlier this year, Klaus received the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous winners of the Klaus Flugge Prize include ARU Children’s Book Illustration graduates Eva Eland, Flavia Z Drago and Kate Milner.
Picture credit: Adrian Pope