Published: 23 April 2019 at 12:27
Anglia Ruskin University graduate is in the running for CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
An Anglia Ruskin University graduate has made the final shortlist for the 2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, a prestigious prize celebrating the year’s best books for young children.
Maria Gulemetova, who is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, has been shortlisted for her debut picture book, Beyond the Fence, which she began during her studies on the MA Children’s Book Illustration course at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge.
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, which comes with a £5,000 cash prize, is judged by children’s librarians across the UK. Amongst the eight-person shortlist for this year’s award is previous winner Jon Klassen, who won in 2014 with This Is Not My Hat.
Maria, who graduated from Anglia Ruskin in 2015, said:
“We are particularly thrilled that Maria’s debut picture book has been recognised by the Greenaway judges in this way.
“Beyond the Fence is an unusually quiet but deeply meaningful picture book that rewards slow reading. The book was developed as part of Maria’s final Master’s project during her time as a student with us on the MA. We are keeping our fingers crossed for her!”
The winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal as well as the CILIP Carnegie Medal, for the best book for older children, will be announced at the British Library on Tuesday, 18 June during a special event hosted by TV presenter Konnie Huq.