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Mr Ordinary’s Prize at The People’s History Museum , Manchester

July 23, 2012

Earlier this year I entered some illustrations into a competition organised by the People’s History Museum.

The competition was offering the winner the chance to create a storybook alongside local puppeteer  Emily Capstick. Emily had created a story based around the characters that appear on the Manchester Coat of Arms, the Lion, the Stag and the Bees.

Even though I didn’t win, from the 200+ applicants that entered, I did get through to the final 6 for interview, so I was pretty pleased as it was the first time I had entered anything as a children’s book illustrator. I was even amongst a few names that already knew like Lyndsey Roe and established author and illustrator Lizzie Finlay.

The lucky Illustrator who won the chance to create this book was another published author Adam Pryce.

Alongside Catherine and Emma (from the People’s History Museum) and Emily, the four became the creative team and working with ideas from the involvement of school children they created the book ” Mr Ordinary’s Prize “. Here’s some of the preliminary work that went into the book.

I really enjoyed seeing these original painterly sketches in the exhibition too.

You can grab some lovely souvenirs from the gift shop, badges, mugs….

and of course the book itself !

The Museum is free to visit and well worth popping in if you have a spare hour and are in Manchester. There is a small exhibition showing the work that lead up to the completed book. It is on now at the People’s History Museum, Manchester until early September. Here’s a few images from another exhibition that was also on there.

It’s a great space to visit, even the cafe looks amazing !


Based on Emily’s original puppet of Mr Ordinary this was my quick depiction. Made from brown paper, how ordinary can you get lol

If anyone else has a book idea they’d like me to work on, you can see more of my illustration work here. or contact me

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2012 2:57 pm

    I somehow missed this. Such a cool idea and love the illos for it, but must say your elephants were quite charming, too. It’s great you so close!

    • July 27, 2012 3:05 pm

      Aww shucks, thanks for that. I was rather fond of the elephants. They may appear again sometime in the future. Hope this finds you well and somewhere sunny. Happy weekend.

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