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Book cover competition winners announced

23 November 2016

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

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

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 detail.'

Julia Speirs

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 books.'

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.