Published: 24 May 2023 at 13:00
MA student scoops top award in Children’s Illustration category
The 2023 Batsford Prize for Children’s Illustration has been won by Forest Xiao, an MA Children’s Book Illustration student at Anglia Ruskin University’s (ARU) Cambridge School of Art, in recognition of her picture book How To Catch An Idea.
Charting the experiences of a girl searching for a world-changing idea, the story for young readers focuses on how despite never achieving this goal the protagonist enjoys all she learns on the journey – aligned to this year’s ‘At Peace’ judging theme.
As the winner of a category at the 2023 awards, Forest receives a £300 cash prize along with book vouchers worth £100 for herself and a further £300 for the university.
Following the announcement of her win, Forest said:
Forest was one of four category winners, selected from an overall shortlist of 28 which featured seven other ARU students. Of these nominees, Xinyi Bi, Naomi Tipping and Justin Worsley were all named as runners up in the Fine Art, Illustration and Children’s Illustration categories respectively.
Shelley Jackson, Course Leader for MA Children’s Book Illustration at ARU, said:
Work by the 2023 shortlistees has been included in an exhibition running until 28 May at London’s Batsford Gallery.