Saoirse Suvari’s Kurdish Freedom Fighter scooped the award for Best Student Book at the British Book Design and Production Awards held in London on 22 November. She also received a cheque for £500 and the opportunity to complete an internship in the industry.

This year’s awards’ theme was VIVID to reflect the powerful feelings and strong, clear images that books can emote in the mind.

The judges described Saoirse’s book as “an incredibly personal piece of work”, with the design and creation of the book working extremely well for the subject matter.

“I wanted people to know the very important situation concerning the Kurdish people,” explains Saoirse. “I was absolutely shocked and thrilled to win because my book is so personal.”

This is the second year we have been pleased to sponsor the Best Student Book category as part of our commitment to helping young people gain practical experience and take their first steps into the sector.