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Meet the judges

The Batsford Prize is judged by industry professionals with decades of experience within the creative industries between them. The judges for the 2019 award were Vaughan Grylls, Cas Holmes, Frances Moffatt, Sara Mulvanny, Emily Haworth-Both, Neil Dunnicliffe and Tina Persaud.

Vaughan Grylls is a photographer, author and artist. His photography has been shown in the Photographers’ Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Arnolfini. From 1996 to 2005 he was Chief Executive of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he founded the University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester.

Cas Holmes is one of the UK’s most renowned textile artists. She exhibits widely and runs courses at West Dean College. Trained in fine art, her works combine mixed media with found materials and stitch and are best described as ‘painting with cloth’. She has authored several books for Batsford, including Textile Landscape.

Frances Moffatt is an illustrator specialising in fashion and beauty, and is also a Visiting Lecturer at various colleges and universities. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Marketing, and worked in fashion design, before returning to education to complete an MA in Design (Illustration).

Sara Mulvanny is a freelance illustrator who is based in Surrey and represented by Agency Rush. She graduated from Kingston University with a BA (Hons) in Illustration in 2010. All of her illustrations start by hand using pen and ink before being digitally transformed using a combination of colour and texture. Her work has been featured in a range of media including books, magazines, packaging, restaurants, museums and posters.

Emily Haworth-Booth is an award-winning author, illustrator and educator who teaches at the Royal Drawing School in London. Alongside her debut children’s picture book The King Who Banned the Dark, Emily is currently working on a long-form graphic memoir for adults and other picture books. Her short comics have previously appeared in print in the Observer and Vogue.

Neil Dunnicliffe is Publisher of Pavilion Children’s Books. He has worked in children’s publishing at BBC, Penguin and HarperCollins, collaborating with many leading illustrators and authors.

Tina Persaud is an experienced publisher in the visual arts, leading the Batsford list for nearly 20 years. Passionate about art and applied art, she is the publisher of the bestselling Millie Marotta colouring books and was awarded Editor of the Year in the British Book Awards in 2016.