Runner up for the Kate Greenaway Medals three times in the 1960s, and awarded six commendations, William Papas (1927-2000) was a renowned children’s author, cartoonist and illustrator. Born in South Africa, he ran away from home at the age of fifteen to join the Air Force, flying coastal missions as a tail gunner during the war. He studied at Johannesburg Art School, Beckenham School of Art and at St Martin’s in London, and worked for The Guardian newspaper as well as producing cartoons for the Sunday Times and Punch. As a children’s author and illustrator he preferred to work mostly in pen and ink, and his work is included in many collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Vorres Museum in Athens. Alan Coren, former editor of Punch, described Papas as ‘ a highly distinguished original artist, whose work, I firmly believe, is not only of significance of its time, but will make an important contribution to the journalistic history of that time’.