Northampton graduand wins career boost in university competition

Amanda Summers.

Amanda Summers.

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A Northampton graduand has been given a welcome boost to help launch her career as a freelance picture book illustrator after winning a university competition.

Amanda Summers from Ecton, who recently achieved a first class degree in illustration at the University of Worcester, has been announced as the overall winner of the University’s CreativeLab project - a professional development opportunity for final year art and design students which won her £2,500 as well as business support and mentoring for up to a year.

She said: “I was really shocked to win the CreativeLab project. You don’t immediately associate being a picture book illustrator with having a business plan, so I nearly pulled out of the competition.

“However, my lecturers all gave me the support that I needed and talked me back into doing it. They gave me the confidence to stick it out - I can’t thank them enough for this.”

Amanda, who will graduate in November, is hoping to have her World War II evacuation-themed children’s book published soon.

Longer term, she would also like to set up educational and creative workshops for children,