Birmingham communications agency Homer Creative is celebrating with local publishers Tindal Street Press after Gaynor Arnold’s book Girl In A Blue Dress was long-listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize.
Tindal Street Press and its authors have had remarkable success in the Man Booker Prize in recent years – this is the third time they have reached the long list – and Homer Creative have designed the covers of two of the three long-listed books.
Homer Creative design manager Sue Race worked closely with Tindal Street Press to create the evocative cover design.
Homer Creative managing director Brian Homer said: “It’s fantastic that Gaynor Arnold has got on the Booker long list and we are also celebrating because Homer Creative’s Sue Race designed the very effective cover for the book.”
“The high quality of the writing in Tindal Street’s books needs to be matched by good design and this latest success underlines the level of creative design and communication that is available here in Birmingham.”
Homer Creative has a long-standing relationship with Tindal Street Press and the firm specifically wanted Sue Race for the book, who illustrated and designed the cover of Clare Morrall’s Astonishing Splashes of Colour that reached the Man Booker short list in 2003.
Tindal Street Press publishing director Alan Mahar admired her “artistic flair, strong design eye and typographical skills”.
“Her classy style has enhanced two of our Man Booker Prize successes,” he said.
Tindal Street Press have built an enviable reputation for unearthing new writing talent and this success contributes to the growing reputation of Birmingham as a centre for the creative industries.
The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize will be announced on September 9.