Today is National Refugee Day and what better way to commemorate it than to celebrate the fact that writer and illustrator Kate Milner’s V&A Award-winning book, My Name is Not Refugee, has found its home with The Bucket List.
Kate’s book is not only an exploration of a one of current events’ biggest issues, but it is also a poignant and heartfelt story about a young boy preparing for a new life in foreign shores.
PRESS RELEASE: 20th June 2016
The Bucket List acquires a touching, timely and tender story of refuge and migration; the V&A Illustration Award-Winning My Name is Not Refugee
World rights to My Name Is Not Refugee by new author and illustrator, Kate Milner, were acquired by The Bucket List MD, Mairi Kidd from Laura Cecil at Laura Cecil Agency.
Announced as the winner of the V&A Student Illustrator of the Year at the 2016 Awards last month, Kate Milner is a bright new talent to watch.
A clear-eyed and challenging exploration of refuge and migration for the youngest readers, My Name is Not Refugee offers a moving insight into the journeys being made by children of the reader’s own age across the world from places of danger across many thousands of miles to uncertain new futures.
The story avoids the biggest political issues and instead tries to express what it is like to leave your own country and come to another culture where everything feels, sounds and tastes very different. Closing on a hopeful note of inclusion; accept this invitation to put yourself in the place of a migrant child.
A young boy discusses the journey he is about to make with his mother. They will leave their town, she explains, and it will be sad but also a little bit exciting. They will have to say goodbye to friends and loved ones, and that will be difficult. They will have to walk and walk and walk, and although they will see many new and interesting things, it will be difficult at times too. At every stage the reader is invited to imagine the decisions he or she would make and the feelings he or she might have.
Conceived and created as part of Kate’s MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, My Name Is Not Refugee by Kate Milner is a child-friendly picture book with serious art/collectors’ appeal. It will be published in May 2017.
Mairi Kidd, MD of Barrington Stoke says of the new acquisition:
“It’s always inspiring to visit the Anglia Ruskin CSA stand at Bologna and this year especially so – My Name is Not Refugee drew me back again and again. It’s so perfectly pitched for young children, focusing on the aspects of life and routine that are so important for under 5s and asking the reader to reflect on how these might be affected by tremendous upheaval. The effect is to reduce distance and to emphasise that this is a human tragedy we cannot ignore.”
Kate Milner adds:
“The idea for this book came to me while driving home from Cambridge one evening. My daughter, who works in a school, had told me that the children in her class were asking her about the refugee crisis… They didn’t understand what was being discussed in the news and she had nothing to show them. I asked myself if there was anything I could do and by the end of the journey the book was clear in my head. It’s a story which asks children from a safe, comfortable background to think about what it must be like to leave your home and make a journey into the unknown.”
About Kate Milner: Kate Milner studied illustration at Central St Martin’s, and has just completed an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. Her work has been published in magazines concerned with Housing, Law and Business; and her illustrations and prints have been shown in London galleries and national touring exhibitions.
She is the recipient of the 2016 V&A Student Illustrator of the Year Award.
Illustrations above © Kate Milner, My Name Is Not Refugee, 2016