Children's book artist in line for award

March 03 2017

AN illustrator from Fishponds is in the running for one of the leading accolades in the world of children’s books.

AN illustrator from Fishponds is in the running for one of the leading accolades in the world of children’s books.

Duncan Beedie has been short-listed for an award in the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017.

The former web designer will be competing in the Illustrated Books category for his picture book debut, The Bear Who Stared.

The freelance illustrator began his career as an animator on children’s television before branching into design for websites, games and apps. 

Duncan said: "When I received news of my nomination, my first response was to hurriedly contact my editor and double check that it wasn't a cruel prank. Thankfully it wasn't, and while my inner pessimist still harbours a smidgeon of disbelief about it all, I am honoured and ecstatic in equal measure."

Tessa Roberts-Fear, manager at Waterstones Bristol Galleries, said: “Duncan Beedie is an exciting new talent, and one which we are proud to champion. His picture book debut The Bear Who Stared is delightful, funny and engaging. We wish Duncan every success, all thoroughly deserved."

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

The winners will be announced at an evening reception in London at Waterstones Piccadilly, Europe’s largest bookshop, on Thursday March 30. 

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 2017. 

The winner of each category will receive £2,000, with the overall winner receiving an extra £3,000. 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 will also see a significant boost in sales, and the promise of an ongoing commitment to their writing career from all Waterstones shops nationwide.

Last year’s winner, My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons, became a number one children’s bestseller and saw an increase in sales of over 1,400% across the Waterstones estate.


The Bear Who Stared is published by Templar at the price of £6.99.