British Book Design and Production Awards 2016
The British Book Design and Production Awards took place on Thursday 10 November 2016 at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge in central London. The guest host for the evening was Baroness Floella Benjamin, best known in households across the country for her children’s programmes such as ‘Playschool’ and ‘CBeebies’ Bedtime Stories’. In 2013 Floella was made a Fellow of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and throughout 2016 has been promoting their Shakespeare in Schools initiative.
As one of the most prestigious and popular literary events of the year, the British Book Design and Production Awards recognize the excellence of the British book design and production industry by celebrating the year’s best books. The awards are designed to represent everything that is best in British book design and are seen as the flagship event in the industry’s year. The event is supported by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University, and the Publishers Association.
The Folio Society were the outright winner of the awards, finishing at the top of three categories including Brand/Series Identity for their Folio Collectibles; Best British Book for their reproduction of Alice in Wonderland; and also the coveted prize of Book of the Year for the same title. The judges agreed it was ‘a worthy winner’ and said that ‘no detail has been left as standard; every element in creating this book has been endowed with the highest specification’.
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, presented the award in the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education category, sponsored by Oxford Brookes, to the Hachette Children’s Group for the Kids Get Coding Series.
A panel consisting of industry experts from the design, publishing and production industries met over two days at Oxford Brookes University to select the shortlisted entries and winners.
You can see the full list of winners here.