Congratulations to Gwen Simpson, who has won the Summer Read Book Art Competition with her entry. She was delighted to recieve this message from the organisers
"The judges unaminously agreed that your self-assembly Mumbai slum dwelling constructed from recycled materials showed both engagement with the content and context of Behind the Beautiful Forevers and was a tactile and skillfully realised piece of book art in it's own right.. one of the joys of your entry was it's tactile quality utilising the various different materials and also the way it both conformed to Book Art and yet promised a sculptural conclusion"
Gwen has decided to donate the prize money to a school in Mumabi. Organiser Sam Ruddock contacted the books author Kathrine Boo, who suggested Muktangan, an educational charity that is part of a UK Trust. The charity believes that focussing on positive transactions between teachers and students should be at the heart of engaging education. their web site can be viewed : http/www.muktanganedu.org
"The judges were hugely impressed by with the way the dark foreboding of McGregor's story is mirrored in the murky blues and continuous flow inherent in the concertina book structures. The hand written text taken from the story involves the reader in the protagonist's paranoia, while the ripped tops of pages hint at the skies of the Fens and the potential for flooding from above"