Competition Seeks Illustrator to Bring Cleveleys’ ‘Mythic Coastline’ to Life
Ever fancied seeing your artwork in a published book, or brought to life by a sculptor? Then grab your pens – or your computer mouse – because the hunt is on to find a talented illustrator for a brand new children’s book exploring the history, landscape and folklore of the Cleveleys coast.
Lancashire literature agency Litfest and Wyre Borough Council have launched an open competition to find an illustrator for the Mythic Coastline project, which is developing stories, illustrations, public art works and events to inspire and enthuse local people and visitors to the Lancashire coastline between Cleveleys and Fleetwood. Critically acclaimed children’s author Gareth Thompson is writing the book, provisionally titled Between the Moon and the Earth, which will highlight some of the area’s diverse environments – i ncluding the Bowland Forest , the fishing harbour at Fleetwood andthe sand dunes at Rossall – as well as mythic or unseen features such as petrified forests andshipwrecks.
Not only will the book will be published in hardback next year by Foxtail, an imprint of Litfest Publications, as well as in e-book format, but it will also provide the inspiration for public art works to be created by sculptor Stephen Broadbent. And there’s a commission fee of £8,000 up for grabs too.
‘We’re looking for imaginative, sparky illustrations which invoke the spirit, history and folklore of this fascinating landscape,’ said Andy Darby, Artistic Director of Litfest, who will edit the book. ‘We’ve got a great writer on board – now we need a fantastic illustrator who can give the book another dimension.’
Councillor Lynne Bowen, Wyre Borough Council Cabinet member with responsibility for culture, added: “The council has a vision for the Mythic Coastline to capture the imagination of all who see it. This is an extra special project, so it’s only right that we search for an exceptional illustrator who can make Wyre’s new waterfront come alive.”
Entrants are asked to complete an application form and submit two examples of their work. Full entry details, terms and conditions, and the application form can be found on the http://www.wyreway.org/mythic website, or can be obtained by calling 01524 62166. The deadline for entries is 27th September 2010 .
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Notes for editors
1. Wyre Borough Council and Broadbent are working with Litfest to deliver The Mythic Coastline, part of the Sea Change project, which seeks to develop a narrative for Cleveleys that will draw people along the coastline, connecting together the nearby communities of Rossall and Fleetwood. The project follows on from the successful coastal regeneration along the Cleveleys coast by Wyre Borough Council, Birse Coastal Limited, and the public artist Stephen Broadbent.
2. The deadline for entries for the illustration competition is 5pm on 27th September 2010. Shortlistedcandidates will be interviewed on 8th October 2010. The winner will be announced on or after 6thNovember 2010.
3. The resulting publication, its story and illustrations, will be distributed under a Creative Commons license, allowing members of the public to create copies of the publication for non-commercial purposes, provided they attribute the original author and artist. This will allow the public to engage with the story told in the publication with their own extensions, re-imaginings and re-interpretations of the tale.
4. Cumbrian-based author Gareth Thompson will be writing the text for the Mythic Coastline project. Gareth has published three critically acclaimed Young Adult novels with Random House: The Great Harlequin Grim, Sunshine to the Sunless, and The Anarchist’s Angel. Find out more atwww.gareththompson.co.uk.
5. Litfest runs an annual literature festival in Lancaster, as well as events, projects and workshops across Lancashire. Foxtail is a new imprint of Litfest Publications specialising in books for younger readers. Litfest will be acting as project managers of the publishing element of the Mythic Coastline project, and Artistic Director Andy Darby will edit the Mythic Coastline book. Find out more atwww.litfest.org.
6. Gareth Thompson and Andy Darby are available for interview. Contact Litfest on 01524 62166.