Join us for this Inside Faber event exploring the FAB Prize. Hear from prize-winning children’s authors and illustrators Lucy Farfort, Akhran Girmay, Hannah Lee and Michael Mann on their experience of entering the FAB Prize and getting published. The event will be chaired by author, former children’s publisher, screenwriter and founder of Storymix, Jasmine Richards. Whether you’re interested in publishing in general or thinking of entering the prize yourself this year, please register for a ticket for free below.
The FAB Prize
Faber and the Andlyn Literary Agency together created the Faber Andlyn (FAB) Prize to help discover new writers and illustrators for children from underrepresented backgrounds.
Every child deserves to see themselves in books, and in the authors and illustrators whose work they read. The FAB Prize aims to discover and showcase new talent, closing the gap between what is currently published and the reality for many families.
Applications for the FAB Prize are now open here.
Lucy Farfort is an illustrator and writer of mixed Caribbean/English heritage based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Her illustrations are created using a mix of traditional and digital media. Lucy’s debut book as an illustrator, Afraid of the Dark, written by Isabel Otter and created by Sarah Shaffi, was published last October by Little Tiger. Most recently she created an illustration for an anthology to be published by Knights Of and BookTrust. She is currently working on a second book with Little Tiger, as well as awaiting news on her own picture book text, which is currently with an editor. Lucy won the inaugural FAB Prize for illustration in 2017. She is represented by agent Alice Sutherland-Hawes at ASH Literary, and her work can be seen on her website lucyfarfort.co.uk.
Akhran Girmay is an illustrator with a keen interest in narratives bursting with drama. From the performance background of his childhood and teenage years, he is especially intrigued by the thought of trading the stage for the page to display emotive sequences. Often his stylistic objective is to produce textured and coarse illustrations through use of traditional media, and with a focus on dynamic and bold characterisations. Whilst his work tends to pivot around fiction, Akhran also creates time for more socio-politically interwoven projects. He is currently working with Faber on a release of Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s YA novel, All American Boys.
Hannah Lee is a writer from London that loves telling stories! Her debut picture book, My Hair, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan, was published by Faber after being Highly Commended for the FAB Prize in 2017. Her next book, The Rapping Princess, will be in all great bookstores from August 2021. Her mission is to create stories that transport you somewhere special, and she adores every opportunity she gets to meet and interact with her amazing readers.
Teacher by day, dad by night, Michael mostly writes when he should be sleeping. His debut novel, Ghostcloud, will be published by Hachette in October 2021, with a sequel the following year. He owes the idea for Ghostcloud to his coal-mining grandad and a lifelong love of cloudspotting. He lives in London with his (patient) partner Joe and their (less patient) toddler, and can be found playing board games when he’s not busy losing his wallet. He was a winner of SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices 2019, a recipient of a London Writers Award, longlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award and Commended in Faber’s FAB Prize. You can find him on Twitter @mikebmann.