This year marks five years since the inauguration of the FAB Prize and we could not be prouder of the amazing achievements of our esteemed alumni! Here are just a few of the things they have accomplished in the last year.
Faber is the proud publisher of two books illustrated by last year’s illustration winners. Ngadi Smart has illustrated Musical Truth by Jeffrey Boakye and Akhran Girmay is the artist behind a new edition of Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s novel, All American Boys. In addition, Hannah Lee and Allen Fatimaharan have released The Rapping Princess, their second picture book with Faber. Mariesa Dulak and Janelle McCurdy also have publishing deals with Faber, each for three books.
Michael Mann released Ghostcloud with Hachette, who are also publishing Sadé and Her Shadow Beast by Rachel Faturoti. Tola Okogwu has a deal with Simon & Schuster for her middle-grade duology Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun and two picture books. Knights Of are publishing the Mayhem Mission series by Burhana Islam, Arathi Menon has a deal with Yali Books and Sai Pathmanathan published Utterly Jarvellous with Bloomsbury. Varsha Shah was the winner of the Times Chicken House Award with Adjay and the Mumbai Rail Times. Aisha Busby has had three books published with more planned. Casey Elisha is working with the Arts Council to donate her latest book, I Can Be That Too!, to schools, libraries and families.
More than forty-five of our alumni now have agents: Sojung Kim-McCarthy, Su Jang Jang, Farah Shah, Clara Kiyoko Kumagai, Christine Lalla, Nilesha Chauvet, Beatrice Anobah, Ngadi Smart and Pam Aculey
all signed up with agents over the last year.
Several of our previous winners have also been bestowed with awards and other accolades. Mónica Ibarra Parle was shortlisted for the Wasafiri Writing Prize as well as the Bridport Prize and the Peggy Chapman Writing Prize. Nilesha Chauvet is the winner of a 2021 London Writers Award and Habon Jama won the Golden Egg Award. Seema McArdle has been shortlisted for the WriteNow programme. As well as publishing four books Rashmi Sirdeshpande has gone on to win the Society of Authors Queen’s Knickers Award and be shortlisted for the Lollies and the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award. In 2022, she is an official author for World Book Day and the WriteMentor Picture Book Writer-in-Residence.
We could go on to list even more achievements from our alumni from this year alone, as there are so many we haven’t touched on, but time would fail us. There are not enough words to describe how proud we are of all those who have passed through our doors. We feel privileged to be included in their journey and we are truly excited to see what else lies in store for them.