The Lauren Child Poetry Illustration Prize is a collaboration between House of Illustration, St Pancras International, Betjeman Poetry Prize and 2017-2019 Children's Laureate Lauren Child. "Three years ago I was one of the judges of the Betjeman Poetry Prize. I was struck by the beauty of the poems, the sophistication of thought, and by how personal many of them were. I could see writers of real talent, writing out of their experience. Some were exquisitely simple, others structured with great complexity. On reading them I immediately thought that I would love to see them illustrated."