At The End of Holyrood Lane by Dimity Powell and Nicky Johnston

By EK Books | Posted: Friday June 7, 2019


EK Books is delighted to announce that At the End of Holyrood Lane, by Dimity Powell and Nicky Johnston, has won the 2019 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI) Member Choice Award (Australia, New Zealand).

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI) is the international professional organisation for writers and illustrators of children’s literature. Their annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize excellence in the field of children’s books from 15 regional divisions around the world. It is the only peer chosen award in the field.

Anouska Jones, Publisher at EK Books, says At the End of Holyrood Lane, with its hopeful message for children impacted by domestic violence, is the embodiment of the purpose of EK Books; publishing meaningful messages through beautifully crafted story.

“At The End of Holyrood Lane uses a storm metaphor to open a conversation with children at risk. It’s a tough subject to approach in a picture book and we are thrilled to have been able to work with the talented combination of author, Dimity Powell, and illustrator, Nicky Johnston, to produce this much-needed and beautifully crafted book,” Anouska said.

Creators Dimity Powell and Nicky Johnston are thrilled to have their work acknowledged by their peers. They share a hope that the award will raise awareness of the issues faced by children experiencing domestic violence and make the book more accessible to children who are faced withweathering domestic storms.

It is the second time in recent years an EK picture book has won the SCBWI Crystal Kite, with Smile Cry taking out that award in 2017.


Dimity Powell writes for children because she would secretly love to be one again. At the End of Holyrood Lane is her second picture book with EK Books. The Fix-It Man, also illustrated by NickyJohnston, debuted in 2017. Dimity is also Managing Editor of highly respected children’s literature website Kids’ Book Review, and a Books in Homes role model.


Nicky Johnston is a primary educator, speaker and children’s book author and illustrator. Passionate about raising awareness of the importance of children’s emotional wellbeing, Nicky has written books to help children deal with anxiety and develop resilience.

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