Publisher makes global imprint

2016-04-26 06:00
Robin Stuart-Clark with his award.

Robin Stuart-Clark with his award.

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Years of creative vision have paid off for a local independent publisher.

Noordhoek’s Robin Stuart-Clark recently brought home the Best Children’s Book Publisher Africa prize at the prestigious Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy.

This is the second year that Bumble Books (the children’s imprint of Publishing Print Matters) had been nominated.

Winning this award is a huge accolade for the years of creative vision that Stuart-Clark has put into this imprint and his goal of publishing books that can become a legacy. Bumble Books provides a platform for new South African illustrators and authors to showcase their work internationally, with an emphasis on fun and entertainment. The range offers exquisitely illustrated stories that leap off the page, capturing the imagination of both children and adults.

Stuart-Clark says: “This international award not only recognises Bumble Books but more importantly also acknowledges the depth of both the illustrative and literary talent we have in South Africa. We are world class and we need to think beyond our borders. Our stories can travel, but we’re not using this talent.”

The Bologna Best Children’s Publisher of the Year Prize acknowledges the most significant publishers in each of the six areas of the world: Africa, Central and South America, North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

Instituted by Bologna Children’s Book Fair in partnership with the Italian Publishers Association, the prize is awarded to those publishers who have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing excellence over the year.

The Bumble children’s books are making waves with Table Mountain’s Holiday by Lucy Stuart-Clark nominated for the 2013 Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrator’s Exhibition, while The PossibiliTree by Tamlyn Young was voted as one of two best books by Jay Heale – Jay’s Best Books of 2015.

“People are not reading less – ebook sales confirm this – they are just reading differently, that is, on electronic devices. Children reading for pleasure don’t want lectures: they get this at school. They want to be entertained; they have imagination,” says Stuart-Clark.

PPM was established in 2005 when Stuart-Clark saw a gap in the market and by focussing on South African art, craft and heritage.V Visit

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