Now this is a really exciting one.
It's a complete honour to have had my work shortlisted for this year's FAB Prize, for a portfolio of illustrated work that I submitted back in June.
Now in it's fifth year, the FAB Prize was established by Faber & Faber and the Andlyn Literary Agency to celebrate new writers and illustrators from among the BAME community.
Past winners and alumni include Aisha Bushby, author of A Pocketful of Stars; Poonam Mistry, one of my favourite illustrators, whose intricately detailed work has appeared twice on the CLIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist, and the wonderful Hannah Lee, whose picture book My Hair, is one of the most joyful and colourful celebrations of women's grooming and styling that it's been my pleasure to read.
As a BAME author and illustrator, the FAB Prize is one of those awards that when you submit to it you really, really hope will work out, so I'm extremely honoured and grateful to the team at Faber & Faber and ANDYLYN who have selected my work. There'll be an online showcase in October, at which point I'll learn whether my work has been highly commended or won an award, but to be honest I'm super happy to be shortlisted and will take that any day!
Congratulations to everyone who's made the shortlist and very good luck for the showcase when it comes!