BERWICK-based authors Mick Manning and Brita Granström have been nominated for the biggest children’s literary award in the world.
The couple have just discovered they are on the short-list for ALMA, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
They are the only non- fiction authors on the list of British nominees which includes celebrated authors like Quentin Blake and David Almond. “It’s a huge deal for us, particularly because we specialise in non-fiction books,” Mick said this week.
This year is the second time that the duo have been nominated but last year they were so much in shock at being on the list that they hardly told anyone about the honour.
A £500,000 cheque is awarded to the winner but Mick says there is “no way” they will win.
“Our prize is to be on the shortlist because of the other authors who are on it like Quentin Blake. He has been shortlisted before but never won so we are just happy to be on the list. It’s quite an achievement.”
He added: “We are delighted for ourselves but also pleased for the non-fiction genre.
“We feel as if we are flying the flag for non-fiction to be nominated for this award because it reminds everyone how important non-fiction is for children.”
This year there are 12 British authors on the shortlist put forward to represent the UK.
The ALMA winner will be announced on March 25 next year. The award is held in honour of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, author of the much-loved ‘Pippa Longstocking’.
There are 238 candidates from 68 countries in the running for the award.
Meanwhile, the couple have also been nominated for the People Book Prize, a new award based on a public online vote for shortlisted books. To vote for them, visit http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=1010