The winner of this year’s Eleanor Farjeon Award for Outstanding Contribution to the World of Children’s books is author Michael Morpurgo in what is a well deserved accolade for the celebrated children’s author.
The award is administered by the Children’s Book Circle and the organisation chose Morpurgo because of how he has inspired a deep passion throughout his career.
Morpurgo was handed the award by Anne Harvey, executor of the Eleanor Farjeon Estate. The author gave an acceptance speech and said that it ‘A Joy of association” to win this award and applauded the breadth of the prize in its recognition of contributions from the full sphere of children’s books as “the making involves everyone… it reaches out to libraries, people who care, authors and publishers. It takes us all to put out the joy of reading.”
After the announcement of the prize Nicola Davies gave this year’s Patrick Hardy lecture titled ‘Whale Tail Tales and other stories’ where she recounted her adventures at sea searching for sightings of humpback whales. She closed the evening by saying more needs to be done to tackle illiteracy among children and giving everyone a call to arms by declaring ‘Ladies and gentleman, we have work to do’.
Theakston Old Peculier has been the title sponsor of the festival almost from the start back in 2006 and so the award is now in its thirteenth year. Crime remains one of the most popular literary genres, and so here are the six novels that have made the shortlist for 2019, giving you plenty to add to your TBR!
The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation, created in 2015 opens a space for these writers, reaches out to them, and awards an annual prize for adventure writing. The shortlist for the Best Published Novel in adventure writing for 2019 has been released and we have that for you now!
The prize has a royal patron in Princess Beatrice and it was she who awarded the winning author with the prize at a ceremony in the Mayfair Hotel in London this week. The prize is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust. Read More