And the illustration prize goes to……

The Lauren Child Poetry Illustration Prize was celebrated at the House of Illustration in London last night. The prize is for illustrations of poems that are part of the Betjeman Poetry Prize for young poets. The entries were from all over the world and so only some of the finalists could be there in person last night. It was still standing room only and it was fantastic to hear some of the poets reading their work, and seeing the winning illustrations projected wall-size.

poetry illustration prize lauren child
poetry illustration prize lauren child
 Poet and prize judge Imtiaz Dharker reads one of her own poems.

Poet and prize judge Imtiaz Dharker reads one of her own poems.

 Poet Opefoluwa Sarah Adegbite reads her poem  Oh! And What Inspired You To Write It?

Poet Opefoluwa Sarah Adegbite reads her poem Oh! And What Inspired You To Write It?

 Illustrator James Bailey receives his award from Children’s Laureate Lauren Child.

Illustrator James Bailey receives his award from Children’s Laureate Lauren Child.