Last month we featured a glorious illustration from Coralie Bickford-Smith’s The Fox and the Star on Visual Verse and over the course of the month we published over 100 submissions from writers responding directly to this image. That is a record for Visual Verse and it highlights the important of images for the written word, both in terms of prompting writers and in terms of depicting something we cannot say with anything other than visual language.
Today, The Fox and the Star has been awarded Waterstones Book of the Year and we are celebrating on behalf of book fetishists everywhere! Congratulations Coralie, whose complete dedication to beautiful design over many years continues to reward us book lovers. And thank you Mr James Daunt, MD of Waterstones and founder of Daunt Books, for championing the aesthetic and ensuring the qualities of traditional book design remain close to the heart of UK booksellers.