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Past Event – FAB Prize 2023: Celebrating past winners

Janelle McCurdy, Sarah Christou, Ravena Guron
Sign up is FREE. To celebrate the launch of the FAB Prize 2023, three of our acclaimed alumni, Janelle McCurdy, Ravena Guron and Sarah Christou, will read from their work and discuss what the prize has meant to them. Exclusively for Faber Members.

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Location
Online
Date
29.03.2023
Time
7:00 pm
About the Event
Every child deserves to see themselves in books, and in the authors and illustrators whose work they read.

Faber & 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. The FAB Prize aims to discover and showcase new talent, closing the gap between what is currently published and the reality for many families.

To celebrate the launch of the FAB Prize 2023, three of our acclaimed alumni, Janelle McCurdy, Ravena Guron and Sarah Christou, will read from their work and discuss what the prize has meant to them. The event will be moderated by Ama Badu, Assistant Editor at Faber, and one of the prize’s judges for 2023.

Sarah Christou is completing an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. She won the Faber/Andlyn FAB Prize for Illustration in 2019. In 2020 she completed a NCFE Cache Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health. She is based in Saffron Waldon, near Cambridge. Sarah was inspired by her experiences of childhood trauma and the complex-PTSD it left her with. She used talking therapy as an adult to help her process her childhood experiences, learning that talking is key to managing mental health, an idea that sits at the heart of BLUE. Sarah wants to use her storytelling to connect with children and inspire them to engage with how they feel, no matter whether those feelings are big or small. Emerging from the pandemic, Sarah is keen that children are given a space to talk, and to process their emotions.

Ravena Guron is a British Indian biochemist turned lawyer turned author, a superb new voice who places brown characters at the forefront of her books in the midst of wild adventures and joy. The Thief Of Farrowfell is the first in an intended series following Jude Ripon, and was shortlisted for Penguin’s WriteNow scheme, as well as being highly commended in the Faber FAB Prize last year. Ravena is a Londoner through and through: born, raised and educated in London, she lives there still.

Janelle McCurdy is an author and fully-fledged gamer. Having started writing and querying at only sixteen years-old, she joined JULA (Jo Unwin Literary Agency) in her early twenties. After graduating from Royal Holloway University with a Criminology and Sociology degree, Janelle moved back home to London, and began writing middle grade fantasy (Mia and the Lightcasters). In her free time, you can find her holed up in her room, gaming and watching anime (some of her favourites being Inuyasha, Dragon Ball Z and Death Note), or attending numerous comic cons and gaming events. Her FAB Prize winning story was acquired by Faber in a major auction.

Images: Sarah Christou courtesy of the author/Janelle McCurdy © Dujonna Gift-Simms/Ravena Guron courtesy of the author.

What to Expect

Everything you need to know about this Faber Members event:

  • Our online events take place via Zoom and last up to one hour.
  • You will be emailed the link for the event the day before the event at the very latest. If you haven’t received it by the morning of the event, please forward your confirmation email to members@faber.co.uk.
  • You can ask questions on the night using the Q&A function, although we are unable to guarantee which questions will be covered due to time constraints.