In today's highly visual world, colour, font, and imaginative
design all play their part in making books stand out on the
shelves. To encourage artists of the future in the Year of
Innovation, Architecture and Design, Publishing Scotland and the
Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) created an
exciting art competition for children and young
people aged between 5 and 18 to design an original cover for their
favourite Scottish book.
Entries flooded in from all across Scotland and a wealth of
creative talent was on show across all three age categories.
Amongst fierce competition from over 400 entries,
the judging panel - consisting of Publishing Scotland, Scottish
Library and Information Council, and award-winning Edinburgh-based
illustrator Kate Leiper - decided on three ultimate winners.
The winners are detailed below and Kate Leiper reveals what in
particular made these entries stand out to the judging panel:
Adam Love (6) from Kinnaird Primary School won with his design
of Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted by Mairi Hedderwick in
the 5-8 category: 'We really loved the bold use of
colours and the interesting bird's eye view angle that Adam chose
to draw the scene from. It really makes you want to read the
story and find out what happened to Katie Morag and her ted.'
Rowan Wallace (10) from Pentland Primary School won with his
design of Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott in the 9-12
category: 'We were drawn to the composition of Rowan's
design and loved the portrayal of Rob Roy who looks very heroic in
his skilfully drawn kilt. He has also been placed in a suitably
dramatic background which is full of colour and interesting
Julia Speirs (17) from Bo'ness Academy won with her design of
Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breslin in the
12-18 category: 'We were all very impressed with
Julia's quality of drawing and painting which is very detailed and
delicate. The figure in the foreground is particularly well
observed in showing a character weighed down with emotion. Julia
has also taken a lot of care over the lettering, ensuring that it
can be read easily on what is quite a busy scene'.
Commenting on the competition Pamela Tulloch, CEO of
Scottish Library and Information Council, says: 'The
Scottish Library and Information Council is delighted to have
worked in partnership with Publishing Scotland on the 'Design a
Book Jacket' art competition for children and young people. The
entries demonstrated the talent and imagination of children and
young people from across Scotland, highlighted the creativity which
children and young people have and also illustrated the enthusiasm
and love of reading which children and young people have with
books which have their roots in Scotland'.
Marion Sinclair, CEO of Publishing Scotland,
adds: 'The 'Design a Book Jacket' competition celebrates the Year
of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 and the nationwide
response has been really impressive, due to the partnership with
SLIC which has reached across the public and school library
network. Jackets and covers are a crucial element in attracting
readers to a book and the range of talent on display here is
wonderful to see - we're hoping that it will encourage young people
to come and work in the world of illustration, design and
The winning entries, and the runners-up from each category, will
be showcased alongside book covers by publishing industry
professionals at the 'Design by the Book' exhibition, presented by
Publishing Scotland and taking place at Edinburgh Castle, during
Book Week Scotland from November 21-27 2016. The three winners also
receive gift vouchers for use in Waterstones bookshops.
The 'Design by the Book'
exhibition will celebrate the pioneering artwork produced in
contemporary Scottish publishing. It will display a dynamic array
of cover designs and go behind the scenes of the creative process.
Featured books include His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae
Burnet, shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and published by
Glasgow-based Saraband Books, and The Outrun by Amy
Liptrot, winner of 2016 Wainwright Nature Writing Prize and
published by Edinburgh-based Canongate Books.