Winning Year: 1957
Illustrator: V H Drummond
Title: Mrs Easter and the Storks

Original Publisher: Faber
Current Publisher:
Out of print

Mrs Easter is outwardly a very respectable Kensington lady in a neat blue suit with immaculate hair. Despite the respectable veneer she enjoys fantastic adventures.


Violet Hilda Drummond was born in London in 1911. When the First World War began her father rejoined his regiment, the Scots Guards, and was killed at Ypres in 1914.

Soon after the war she went with her mother and two sisters to live in a tall house in a London square. After her governess left, she went to a small private boarding school in Eastbourne and later to a finishing school in Paris, Le Chateau Vitry-Sur-Seine. She was presented at court to Queen Mary. She lived in India and studied briefly at St Martin's School of Art.

She started to write children's books after marrying, when she returned to live in London.

Violet's expressive and energetic illustrations perfectly match the lively, eccentricity of her endearing characters. Her prose has a charm that heightens the gentle surrealism of her stories.

Later she said, "I got tired of writing children's books so I took up painting watercolour pictures of London street scenes" which she exhibited in a London gallery.

She died in 2000.