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12 February 2018

Belfast Illustrator shortlisted for Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018

Ashling Lindsay, an animation director from Belfast, has been nominated for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018, widely regarded as one of the most prestigious accolades in the world of children’s books.

Lindsay is shortlisted in the Illustrated Books category along with writer Louise Greig for their picture book The Night Box.

Ashling Lindsay says, “It is such an honour to be shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize award alongside Louise – illustrating her words and working with the Egmont team on The Night Box was a very special experience and I couldn’t be more delighted by the response to the book.”

Lindsay studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Ulster University, and she was shortlisted for the AOI (Association of Illustrators) Illustration awards two years running in 2013 and 2014 and for the AOI Serco prize for Illustration in 2015.

In The Night Box Louise Greig's enchanting voice and Ashling Lindsay's warm, endearing illustrations hold a candle up to the magical nature of night-time. Perfect for cosying up to read and share before bedtime, The Night Box is an atmospheric tale and a reassuring one for children who are afraid of the dark.

Fiona O’Hare, Bookshop Manager at Waterstones Belfast says, "Belfast is a creative city with a history of producing fantastic illustrators and we're very excited that Ashling Lindsay's book The Night Box has been nominated for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. With her vivid and original style, we feel certain that this is only the beginning of what promises to be a long and successful career for Ashling."

The Waterstones Children’s book prize exists to reward and champion new and emerging talent in children’s books. Now in its fourteenth year, it is widely regarded as one of the most important prizes for children’s books.

Last year’s winner, The Girl Of Ink And Stars shot to the top of the bestseller charts after announcement and saw an increase in sales of over 1400% across the Waterstones estate.
The winners will be announced at an evening reception at Waterstones Piccadilly (London), Europe’s largest bookshop, on Thursday 22nd March 2018. Six books will compete within each category to be crowned category winner, with the three category winners then vying for the overall title of Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year 2018.

The winner of each category will receive £2000, with the overall winner receiving an extra £3000. In the event that the prize is awarded to a partnership then the prize money will be split equally between the joint winners.

The winning authors and illustrators will also see a significant boost in sales, and the promise of an ongoing commitment to their writing career from all Waterstones shops nationwide.
The full lists of shortlisted titles (in alphabetical order by author) for the 2018 Prize are:

Illustrated Books:
Superbat by Matt Carr (Scholastic)
Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann (Flying Eye)
The Night Box by Louise Greig and Ashling Lindsay (Egmont)
I Really Want The Cake by Simon Philip and Lucia Gagiotti (Kings Road Publishing) Fergal Is Fuming by Robert Starling (Andersen Press)
The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye)

Younger Fiction:
A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan (Usborne)
Who Let The Gods Out? by Maz Evans (Chicken House)
Kid Normal by Greg James, Chris Smith and Erica Salcedo, (Bloomsbury)
The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One–Ear by Kieran Larwood (with illustrations from renowned British artist David Wyatt), (Faber)
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson (Scholastic)
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (Hachette Children’s)

Older Fiction:
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy (Pushkin Children’s) Troublemakers by Catherine Barter (Andersen Press)
Ink by Alice Broadway (Scholastic)
Thornhill by Pam Smy (David Fickling Books)
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (Penguin Random House Children’s) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker)

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