And the winner is….

As many of you know I recently ran a competition in our local High schools to find a new illustrator for the Alfie Potts books. My aim throughout the books has been to inspire and encourage children to think like entrepreneurs… to find out what it is they love to do, and then turn it into a job or business. I believe that finding my new illustrator from within a local school, thus allowing them to pursue the thing they love to do, and make money from it too, fits in so well with the whole ‘young entrepreneur’ ethos

I had several great entries and the standard was really good… with some of the entries from talented children as young as 11 years of age! Finally though I had to pick a winner, and after much deliberation I chose 17 year old Anna Bishop (That’s her with me in the pic – top right), a sixth form student at The City of Norwich school (CNS). Her depictions of Alfie were the ones that really struck a chord with me, and I can’t wait to work with her on the future Alfie stories.

Alfie is growing up, so the way he looks and dresses has changed slightly, but I love it and hope you do too (Click on the pic to see a larger image). We are aiming to get book 4 out by Christmas, and, although it’ll be a challenge, with a bit of luck and a following wind we should make it!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of Alfie’s new look.

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  1. Nick Bishop
    5 years ago

    So proud of my girl! Thank you so much Mark for giving her this opportunity. Great for her to have a commission at 17 – have bought her membership of the Association of Illustrators for Christmas.

    Nick Bishop (Anna’s Dad)

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    admin Reply:

    You should be Nick! She did some great drawings and I’m really looking forward to working with her on the books.

    That’s a great gift, and thanks for the comment!

    Mark 🙂

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  2. Terry
    5 years ago

    awesome Mark and congratulations Anna

    What a wonderful collaboration, Mark you are a legend for providing such an awesome opportunity and Anna you are a legend for seizing that opportunity,

    I’m sure you guys will create a wonderful new era for Alfie

    cheers

    Terry

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    Thanks Terry 🙂

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  3. Jackie Bigford
    5 years ago

    What a wonderful idea to invite the younger generation to get involved. To be a mentor for this young lady in her pursuit of her dreams is a true gift that you are giving her. I wish you only huge success my friend.

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    Thank you Jackie xx

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  4. Yagya Gaire
    5 years ago

    Alfie’s new look is simply awesome… But, what captures my thought is your whole idea of creating opportunities for talented young ones to pursue their interest on a commercial scale as an entrepreneur. I wish you both the very best and hope you’ll make great use of local (human) resources for mutual benefits and as a whole for that of the society.

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    Thanks 🙂

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  5. Ty Col
    5 years ago

    Awesome initiative … Way to go Anna … good luck with the book

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    admin Reply:

    Thanks Ty!

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  6. Ernie Arias
    5 years ago

    The Alfie Potts series will make a fantastic holidays present! Congratulations to Anna for winning the contest and thanks to you Mark for making a difference. Teaching our kids to think as entrepreneurs and not like mere consumers, it’s a great deal!

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    admin Reply:

    Thanks Ernie, I think so too!

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  7. Heidi
    5 years ago

    That’s really great. Congratulations Anna:)

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    Thank you

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  8. Paula Henry
    5 years ago

    Love the idea of allowing young children with artistic talent to nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. I’m sure they learned a lot and the new Alfie is fantastic!

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    admin Reply:

    I think it’ll be a good partnership Paula! Glad you like him.

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  9. Good luck to you and Anna with this book

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    Thanks Tom 🙂

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  10. Harold Gardner
    5 years ago

    Congrats to Anna for winning the competition, and congrats to you Mark for finding a very talented young collaborator.

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    admin Reply:

    Thank you Harold!

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  11. abhishek chamaria
    5 years ago

    Nice article and good choice. Liked the illustrations 🙂
    Wish you all the best for the book and series.

    -Abhishek

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    Thanks Abhishek 🙂

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  12. Chris Stylianou
    5 years ago

    This is awesome. In this rapidly changing world entrepreneurs are the future. Maybe the industrial revolution style education of our current world should be looking rather to teach our children to stand on there own

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    admin Reply:

    Thanks. Too right it should 🙂

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