Illustrating the future? Ely 501 cover features octopus scaling Ely Cathedral

Ely 501 cover features octopus scaling Ely Cathedral

Ely 501 cover features octopus scaling Ely Cathedral - Credit: Archant

The cover of this year’s Ely 501 book features Will Sedgwick’s illustration of an octopus scaling Ely Cathedral.

Within weeks of his cover being accepted for publication, speculation emerged about Ely being engulfed in water as global warming watches sea levels rise across the world.

“It’s really spooky,” said Annabel Reddick, of Burrow’s Bookshop.

“Will had the same brief as our young writers, to create something original that would be memorable for the book’s readers.”

Will’s illustration, together with the 48 stories chosen for inclusion in Ely 501, will be on show at St Mary’s Church on July 1.


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The book will be available to the public after the competition’s awards ceremony, too.

“Will’s picture sums up the spirit of Ely 501,” said Annabel Reddick, of Burrow’s Bookshop.

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“From the local children who offered stories for publication we were looking for imagination and flair.

“Once again the challenge has been accepted with relish and we’re looking forward to announcing the winners.”

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