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Goblin Market recognised in two illustration awards

We are really pleased to announce that Batsford’s illustrated edition of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market, with artworks by Georgie McAusland, has been longlisted and shortlisted in two prestigious illustration awards.



This year marks the 50th anniversary of the V&A Illustration Awards. Established in 1972, they have since become the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competition. Celebrating excellence in student illustration and three categories of contemporary practice: book cover design, book illustration and illustrated journalism. Goblin Market has been shortlisted for the Book Illustration category.

The World Illustration Awards showcase the great work being made by illustrators all over the world today. In 2022, they are focusing on supporting creativity and connecting illustrators to their peers and the industry and Goblin Market has been longlisted in the Commercial Publishing category.

Check out the full longlist for the World Illustration Awards 2022 and the shortlist for the V&A Illustration Awards.



Overall winners are still to be announced, but to have got to this stage is a great achievement and a worthy acknowledgment of a really beautiful book. Huge congratulations to Georgie McAusland who created the beautiful illustrations and in doing so has brought Rossetti’s classic poem to life for a new generation to enjoy. Georgie is an illustrator, ceramicist and printmaker who creates through a variety of different practices, such as painting, collage, stamping and monoprint. Her work can be explored on her Instagram page.

Christina Rossetti’s classic poem Goblin Market was originally published in 1862 and tells the story of two sisters who are tempted by the fruit sold by the goblin merchants. In this fully illustrated volume, published in November 2021, Georgie McAusland breathes new life into the Victorian tradition of illustrated poems, while Kirsty Gunn’s introduction highlights the riches of the story and helps to put it into context.