Double success for UWE students at British Book Awards

Issue date: 06 November 2013


Jake Gunn at the awards

Graphic design student Jake Gunn from UWE Bristol has just won Best Student Book of the year for his book Seven Samurai. UWE graduate Sherony Lock was one of the shortlisted designers and received a highly commended award for her interpretation of Jane Eyre.

This year's British Book Design and Production Awards 2013 were held on 4 November in London and compered by author and broadcaster Will Gompertz. The awards are organised by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) and bring together printers, designers and their clients to celebrate the best in British book design.

Colum Leith, who is programme manager for the BA Honours degree course in Graphic Design at UWE said, “It is a wonderful achievement that UWE's design students were so strongly represented in these prestigious awards. Four out of the six books shortlisted for the student award were designed by UWE students. We have made the short list over the last 4 years, so it was great to finally take the top prize.

“We are delighted that Jake won the Best Student Book award, and Sherony was highly commended for Jane Eyre. Fanny Wacklin Nilsson was also on the shortlist for her design for a book entitled A Man with Many Hats & We Need Both.

Jake said, “It was a great experience making the book - it is the first book cover to cover I've ever made so it meant a lot to me. I've always appreciated Asian art, and it was a lot of fun trying to recreate that feel and look and incorporate that into the finished piece.

“When I heard my name called out I couldn't believe it - any one of the books shortlisted could have won. I was shell-shocked and then ecstatic - it's a great honour and I'm very thankful to have received it.”

Sherony said, “My re-design of the classic, Jane Eyre, came out of a desire to learn and raise awareness about how the blind or visually impaired experience life. I chose to use Brontë's novel (in which one of the main characters becomes blind), and design each chapter to relate to a different visual impairment, giving an insight into what it's like to read without the full use of one's sight.

“Part of my inspiration came from meeting the wonderful people at the Action for Blind People Centre in Bristol. I feel so blessed to have my book highly commended, and to have my work recognised nationally is a real encouragement and honour.”

The organisers said they were impressed with the quality of the awards this year and with the brilliant production standards involved. They commented that the overwhelming number of books entered this year made judging extremely difficult.

View the full list of winners & shortlisted entries

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