William Grill – An illustrator at the begining of an epic journey

William Grill is the youngest winner of the Kate Greenaway medal for 50 years. We are delighted to be welcome him for his first visit to the CBI Conference: Conceal and Reveal. William’s book Shackleton’s Journey caused much excitement when published and rightfully so – his coloured pencil drawings bring to life the epic journey of Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica beautifully. Some pages sparse and desolate, others full of detail and activity. Our own Inis magazine reviewed it as ‘crying out for an awards sticker’.


A recent graduate, his dummy book was picked up by Flying Eye publishers at a design show and they set out to create a masterpiece. Throughout all of his research into Shackleton and his voyage, William ammased a vast knowledge of the journey and an even larger collection of sketches. The results are incredible and it was a worthy winner of the Greenaway medal – which is regarded as the greatest accolade an illustrator can receive, and is unique in that it is judged solely by librarians across the UK.


As well as being an illustrator, William runs art workshops for children, he says ‘I try to encourage as much drawing as I can through schools and my weekly art club. It’s sad that we lose the confidence and freedom of drawing as we age.’



We are really looking forward to welcoming him to Dublin and hearing about his future plans.


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