PRESS RELEASE: Two Irish Based Illustrators Win Prestigious Children Book’s Global Award

Some cool news came across our newsdesk recently and we offer our congratulations to Dublin’s Peter Donnelly and Kilkenny’s Alé Mercado. Read on…

Two Irish based illustrators win prestigious children book’s global award

There was good news for Irish illustration last week when two members of Illustrators Ireland received a global award for their children’s books.
The awards were given by the prestigious 3×3 Children Illustration international competition. Both winners faced very tough competition as they were two of 1700 entries.  Their work will appear in the 3×3 Children’s Illustration Annual No. 9 due out this winter.
Peter Donnelly is an illustrator with a background in animation design.
He has had two projects awarded in the Children’s Book category this Year.
‘Rotkäppchen’ a series of stylised illustrations based on a traditional German folk tale received a distinguished merit in the unpublished section while his illustrations for ‘Féasta Filíochta’ an Irish language poetry book published by An Gúm received recognition in the published section. His ‘Rotkäppchen’ work had also been chosen by American Illustration, another international organization earlier this Year.“I was delighted with the samples of my work the jury accepted. I have been working hard this year pushing my style in a new direction, so to receive recognition for these particular illustrations is very rewarding” says Peter. Editioned prints of Peters work are available to purchase from The Copper House Gallery, Dublin.
The other award winner was Kilkenny based Alé Mercado. His work is normally associated with edgy graphic design and illustration for various clients not only around the South East of Ireland but much further afield also. This work ranges from posters to poetry publications to advertising campaigns to websites. This is Alé’s first incursion into the children’s’ book literature and it couldn’t have had a better start. His “Pablo” books charter the wild imagining of young 4 year old Pablo as he lives life as a bird, or a tractor or a super hero. They are unique in so far as they are without any dialogue, the idea being that the child themselves tells the story to the adult – thus improving their creative, communication and visual skills. Apart from the recognition that this award brings, Alé’s “Pablo” book collection has just received a publishing deal that will see the first of the series of 5 being published next year. Alé was delighted to hear about the award “it’s great not just because the style and approach used is quite different and edgy, but also because the book is modeled on my 5 year old son, therefore the award means something extra to me”. You can learn more about Pablo’s books at http:www/ and about Alé at
Some of their art: