Press Release: Lucy Worsley to judge the 2017 Book Illustration Competition

Lucy Worsley, credit Historic Royal Palaces Richard Lea-Hair

Lucy Worsley, credit Historic Royal Palaces Richard Lea-Hair

Lucy Worsley to judge the2017 Book Illustration Competition


London, 8 December 2016: The Folio Society and House of Illustration announce that Lucy Worsley has joined the judging panel for the 2017 Book Illustration Competition (#BIC2017).

Leading historian Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, author, and presenter of history programmes for the BBC is to be the guest judge for the 2017 Book Illustration Competition. Her extensive research and appreciation of the works of Jane Austen and the world in which she lived make her an ideal judge for this year’s set book the Jane Austen classic, Mansfield Park.

Lucy said: ‘I am thrilled and honoured to be involved in judging the competition.’ She added: ‘It’s a big thing to do justice to Mansfield Park, a Marmite book that divided people even in Jane Austen’s own lifetime. In the year that she’ll be getting into everyone’s pockets on the new banknote (even in the implausibly-pretty, airbrushed version of her portrait that’s been chosen to represent her) it’s time to reintroduce the world to Mansfield Park’s brilliant, difficult, spiky conundrums. How to express all that in a cover? I can’t wait to see what people come up with.’

She will be joining five other judges on the panel: Sheri Gee, Folio Society Art Director; Colin McKenzie, Director of House of Illustration; Tom Walker, Folio Society Editorial Director; Olivia Ahmed, House of Illustration Curator and 2016 competition winner Alan Marks.

Now in its seventh year, the Book Illustration Competition is a partnership between The Folio Society and House of Illustration. This year’s BIC will be open for entries until 16 January 2017 and judging will take place in the new year, with the winner of the 2017 competition revealed at an exclusive ceremony at House of Illustration on 23 February 2017. The winner will receive the prestigious commission worth £5,000. Five prizes of £500 each will be presented to the other shortlisted entries and three of the prize-winners must be students.

The selected long list will be exhibited at House of Illustration from 11 February to 12 March 2017 accompanied by a display of work by a range of other Folio illustrators.

The new edition of Mansfield Park with illustrations by the winning artist and an introduction by Lucy Worsley will be published by The Folio Society in October 2017.

The annual international competition is open to illustrators over the age of 18, both student and professional, who have not been previously commissioned by The Folio Society. Illustrators can visit, where they will find all the necessary details to enter.



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