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Anglia Ruskin Student, Bethan Woollvin, wins Macmillan Prize for Little Red Riding Hood Picture Book

ARU Student Wins Macmillan Prize

Published: 09th June 2014.

A feisty heroine and a cross–dressing wolf have leapt off the page to win their creator a coveted illustration prize.

Bethan Woollvin, a second year Illustration student at the Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge School of Art, was “shocked” to be chosen from more than 300 entrants to win the Macmillan Prize for her illustrated picture book ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

The 20–year–old told the News: “I’ve never done a children’s book before in my life so it was a really experimental project.

“I think that’s why I was so shocked when I won – doing something for the first time and then winning was absolutely great.”

The book was created as part of a six-week project for Bethan’s illustration course, and she decided to put her own spin on the tale of Red Riding Hood, Grandmother and the Big Bad Wolf.

Bethan, of Histon Road, Arbury, said: “I suppose when I read Little Red Riding Hood when I was younger I found it was a bit patronising.

“When you see the wolf dressed up as her grandmother, you just think: ‘It is so obvious it’s a wolf’.

“I suppose I was trying to make the book more about Red Riding Hood.

“She doesn’t need the woodcutter to come along to save as she has her own plan.”

As well as scooping a £1,000 prize, Bethan is now in talks with Macmillan about publishing her book.

She said: “I always thought I would need some specialist training – or an MA – before I could do that but this has proved me wrong. This is definitely the most enjoyable project I have ever done.”

Source: Cambridge Evening News 


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