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Louise Greig’s Heartwarming Tale wins The Caterpillar Story Prize 2018

Article by Writing IE Admin © 6 December 2018 Writing.ie .
Posted in the Magazine ( · News for Writers ).

The Caterpillar Story Prize, run by The Caterpillar, an art & literature magazine for children, has been awarded to Louise Greig for ‘Beatrice – A Work of Art’, a story about a mule with self-esteem issues.

‘I am enormously humbled to have won this beautiful prize. I hope all children find solace in stories and discover The Caterpillar as a place of wonder,’ said Greig of her win.

Greig, who lives in Aberdeen with her husband, kick-started her career as an author in 2015, when she won the inaugural Caterpillar Poetry Prize, which led directly to the publication of her first children’s picture book, The Night Box.

The Night Box has been translated into ten languages. It was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Teach Primary Book Awards and the Klaus Flugge Prize. To date she has published six picture books, with more scheduled over the next few years.

‘Louise’s writing really cuts to the heart of things – it’s soulful, lyrical and witty in equal measure. We had no doubt when we read “Beatrice – A Work of Art” that this was our winning story,’ said The Caterpillar’s editor Rebecca O’Connor. ‘It’s a tale that will touch children and adults in equal measure, I think, and really make us think about our sense of ourselves in the world and how important friendship is to us.’

Greig’s winning story appears in the winter issue of The Caterpillar, available to purchase in select bookshops or via The Caterpillar website.

The judges also commended stories by Helen Parr, Sheila Wilson and Karl O’Neill.

Details of The €1,000 Caterpillar Poetry Prize, which is now open, are also available at thecaterpillarmagazine.com.

About Louise Greig’s The Night Box:

An enchanting bedtime story about a small boy who is the custodian of night, from talented new picture book author and poet, Louise Greig, with beautifully atmospheric illustrations by Ashling Lindsay.

Max has a key and a box of midnight blue.
When he turns the key in the lock –

Day slips inside as Night sweeps out.
Darkness tumbles into the air.
It dances and whirls around the room.
It goes under the bed, under the chair – everywhere!

Louise Greig’s lyrical voice and Ashling Lindsay’s warm, endearing illustrations hold a candle up to the magical nature of night-time in this soothing picture book. Perfect for cosying up to read and share before bedtime, The Night Box is an original bedtime tale that sits perfectly alongside classics such as The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark – great for reassuring little ones who have a fear of the dark and calming down lively children before bedtime!

Order your copy online here.