National award for David Litchfield

Wednesday 23 March 2016

Proving once again that Bedford College has top teaching staff, David Litchfield from the art department has won a national award.

His book The Bear and The Piano took first place in the Best Illustrated Book category of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize awards.  

The Bear and the Piano

“David Litchfield’s The Bear and the Piano is the launch of an incandescent new talent into the lively and always-surprising arena of the picture book. In a series of gorgeously rendered images, Litchfield manages to weave a properly-affecting tale of fulfilling dreams and the importance of friendship, all via an amazing bear that just happens to play the piano.”

David’s work is well known locally and some of his outstanding illustrations have been used to promote events at the South Banks Arts Centre at Bedford College. Others, including those for the 20th anniversary of the independence of Bedford College are found on the walls of the tower block.

Bedford College Principal and CEO Ian Pryce CBE said: “David is a perfect example of how at Bedford College we have people who CAN DO and teach, in fact they CAN DO to such a high standard they are leaders in their specialist or industry fields.”

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