In the UK: Illustrator Joseph Namara Hollis Wins Klaus Flugge Prize

In News by Porter Anderson

The £5,000 Klaus Flugge Prize is named for the Hamburg-born publisher who founded Andersen Press in 1976.

From ‘Pierre’s New Hair’ by Klaus Flugge Prize-winning illustrator Joseph Namara Hollis. Image: Klaus Flugge Prize

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Hollis: ‘Roller-Skating in the Right Direction’
Illustrator Joseph Namara Hollis has won the 2022 Klaus Flugge Prize for Pierre’s New Hair, illustrator Joseph Namara Hollis, editor Emilia Will, designer Jade Wheaton (Tate Museum).

The book is described as being “about a bear obsessed with looking good but also desperate to show the world his roller-skating flair.”

In accepting the award—which is personally funded by Klaus Flugge rather than by the Andersen Press that Flugge founded—Hollis is quoted, saying, “Winning  the Klaus Flugge Prize is invigorating.

“There’s a sentiment in the book about letting  go, enjoying the moment, and not worrying too much about how you’ll be perceived.  This is a necessity when working creatively. It’s also a paradox because while struggling to avoid being overly concerned with what other people might think, the hope is to form a meaningful connection with readers.

“To know my work has touched  the judges is fulfilling, it has reinforced my belief: keep doing what you love most.”

Joseph Namara Hollis

Praising the five shortlisted illustrators (below), he added, “The Klaus Flugge Prize shows we’re all roller-skating in the right direction.”

Hollis wins the program’s purse of £5,000 (US$5,555) and helps bring needed attention to the work of illustrators—like translators, far too often overlooked for their critical importance to publishing. When a parent walks the aisles of a bookstore, it’s not a book’s story that grabs them. It may not even be the title. It’s the artwork.

And this is one of the reasons that illustrator Sarah McIntyre’s #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign is an important one.

The jurors for this year’s prize are illustrator Emily Gravett; 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize winner Flavia Z Drago, the co-founding Beyond Books Lead at Civic Square in Birmingham, Nikki Bi; and Martin Salisbury, professor of illustration at Cambridge School of Art in Anglia Ruskin University. The jury is chaired by Julia Eccleshare, director of the Hay Children’s Festival.

The Full 2022 Klaus Flugge Prize Shortlist
  • Mammoth, illustrator Adam Beer, written by Anna Kemp, editor Helen Mackenzie Smith, art director Jane Buckley (Simon and Schuster)
  • Rescuing Titanic, illustrator Flora Delargy, editor Lucy Brownridge, art director Karissa Santos (Wide Eyed Editions)
  • Pierre’s New Hair, illustrator Joseph Hollis, editor Emilia Will, designer Jade Wheaton (Tate)
  • The Tale of the Whale, illustrator Padmacandra, written by Karen Swann, editor Janice Thomson, designer Ness Wood (Scallywag Press)
  • Choices, illustrator Roozeboos, designer Sarah Dellow (Child’s Play)
  • Alley Cat Rally, illustrator Ricky Trickartt, editor Emily Ball, designer Ivanna Khomyak (Flying Eye Books)

Established in 2016, the Klaus Flugge Prize was founded to honor publisher Klaus Flugge. Flugge set up Andersen Press in 1976 and discovered and nurtured many of today’s most  distinguished illustrators including David McKee, Tony Ross, Satoshi Kitamura, Ruth Brown and Susan Varley. Previous winners of the Klaus Flugge Prize include Eva Eland, Jessica Love and Kate Milner.

Hollis grew up in Burton Joyce, near Nottingham. Since he graduated from the Cambridge School of Art in 2018 with an MA in children’s book illustration, Hollis’ work has won V&A Student Illustrator of the Year and has also been highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Picture Book Illustration.

From ‘Pierre’s New Hair’ by Klaus Flugge Prize-winning illustrator Joseph Namara Hollis. Image: Klaus Flugge Prize

This is Publishing Perspectives’ 174th awards report published in the 181 days since our 2022 operations began on January 3.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.