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Scribble’s ‘I am the Subway’ wins World Illustration Award

I am the Subway by Kim Hyo-eun, translated by Deborah Smith and published in English by Scribble, has won the professional children’s publishing category in the 2021 World Illustration Awards.

Scribble publisher Miriam Rosenbloom acquired world English rights in I am the Subway, which was published in Korea by Munhakdongne Publishing Group, and commissioned the translation into English. The book is described by the publisher as ‘a cinematic journey through the Seoul subway that masterfully portrays the many unique lives we travel alongside whenever we take the train’.

‘We’re absolutely thrilled that I am the Subway has been awarded this incredible international recognition from the Association of Illustrators,’ said Rosenbloom. ‘I first came across the original Korean edition of this book in late 2019 at the Shanghai Book Fair and immediately fell in love with Kim Hyo-eun’s stunning visual narrative. We are so proud to bring this wonder to an English-speaking audience. Kim Hyo-eun’s win is a wonderful celebration for us to share in for our fifth birthday.’

Scribble has also recently launched a new website in honour of the imprint’s fifth anniversary.

Now in their 46th year, the World Illustration Awards have been run by the UK’s Association of Illustrators (AOI) in partnership with the Directory of Illustration in the US since 2015. Twenty winners, one ‘professional’ and one ‘new talent’ from each category, in categories including children’s book, book cover and commercial publishing, were announced at an event in London on 12 October.

For more information about the awards see the AOI website.


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