Winners of the Re-ImagineNation Competition Announced

An Post and Children’s Books Ireland, are delighted to announce the young winners of the Re-ImagineNation Competition. Working with leading children’s book artists Fatti Burke, Jennifer Farley, Tarsila Krüse and Alan Nolan, this summer the Re-ImagineNation competition encouraged children aged 6–12 from all over Ireland to re-imagine themselves as a character in a favourite book, and enter the competition by creating an artwork of themselves in a scene. Winners will see their artwork on their local post box.

The competition was divided into two categories, ages 6–9 and ages 10–12. Elias was the winner of the 10–12 category, who drew himself in a scene from the book The Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton. The Borrowers Afloat is Elias’ favourite book, ‘because everything we see as small, they see as big.’ Commenting on his illustration, he adds, ‘PS I am the guy on top of the teapot.’ The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson is the favourite book of runner-up in this category, Lucian, aged 11. ‘This book is so exciting!’, he says.

Elias: winner of the 10–12 category

Harshika was the winner in the 6–9 category, and she drew herself in a scene from Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss – Harshika’s favourite book because, ‘It inspires me to fulfill my dreams no matter if I fail, I will rise again and reach heights!’ The runner-up in this category, Ellie aged 9, chose Isadora Moon Puts on a Show by Harriet Muncaster. Ellie says, ‘I love Isadora Moon because she is a unique fairy-vampire who dares to be different.’

Harshika: winner of the 6–9 category

The competition, which attracted hundreds of entries, was judged by leading Irish illustrators and children’s book artists Alan Nolan and Tarsila Krüse, An Post and Children’s Books Ireland. Together with Fatti Burke and Jennifer Farley, Alan Nolan and Tarsila Krüse were on hand to encourage creativity over the summer with weekly creative workshops on Facebook showing the many ways children could re-imagine a story, as well as sharing tips and tricks and showing children the materials they work with. To help all children irrespective of their circumstances take part in this competition, art materials were delivered to families experiencing homelessness and living in family hubs.

The competition prizes were carefully chosen to help nurture the child’s creative development including a year’s supply of books and Art & Hobby vouchers to encourage children to continue reading, creating and using their imagination.

The post boxes sporting the winning artwork can be seen at 95 Sandymount Road, Dublin 4 and Sandyford Hall Avenue, Dublin 18.

Judge Alan Nolan said, ‘I was delighted to help judge the An Post Re-ImagineNation competition – the competition really struck a chord with Irish children and the standard of entries was simply stellar! The two winning artworks were well thought out, full of imagination and heart, and told bright and colourful stories. Well done to the winners, the runners-up and to all the fantastic artists; I can’t wait to see what you all do next!’

Judge Tarsila Krüse continued, ‘The entries were outstanding in both creativity and artistic ability. We saw wonderful worlds of classics and contemporary books filled with magic, wonder and dreams and we caught a glimpse of the imaginative brains (and hands) of the participants, and even better, themselves in their creations. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up as well as to all participants in the competition!’

Debbie Byrne, Managing Director Retail, An Post said, ‘Building on the success of the ImagineNation playbook, developed last Easter for families who were in lockdown and distributed to almost 250,000 homes, we are delighted to announce the fantastic winners of the Re-ImagineNation Summer competition. An Post are proud to support and encourage children from all across Ireland to enjoy the magic of books and explore and develop their creativity and self-expression. We are delighted to partner once again with Children’s Books Ireland and some of Ireland’s best authors and illustrators.’

Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children’s Books Ireland said, ‘We are delighted to work with An Post again on our shared ambitions of making every child a reader and encouraging children’s creativity, and we have been so impressed with the creativity and imagination of so many Irish children.’