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The David Vaisey Library Prize 2017

Published on 28/01/2017

We’ve previously provided background on the David Vaisey Prize, see the article here. The Honourable Company can be justifiably proud of the role the Arts & Heritage Group played in helping establish this very worthwhile libraries competition, which has also been supported by a donation from the Company’s Charitable Trust. There’s continuing membership involvement through Jonathan Taylor’s chairmanship of the David Vaisey Trust, where Sir Michael McWilliam and Martin Lee-Browne are also Trustees and via Marianne Hinton, one of the judges for 2017. The full panel of judges is listed below:

  • Anne Robinson, well-known journalist and broadcaster (Chair)
  • Jamila Gavin, successful children’s' writer from Stroud
  • Edward Gillespie, former MD of Cheltenham Racecourse, former Chairman of the Everyman Theatre and now Chairman of the Cheltenham Music Festival and Summerfield Charitable Trust
  • Marianne Hinton, who directed an art gallery in New York and has been involved with the theatre and Cheltenham Festivals
  • Trevor Lee, Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Whole School Literacy at Kingshill School, Cirencester

 The winning library will be announced at The Times & The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival in October and will receive a £5,000 prize; other shortlisted libraries will receive £1000. Amongst the factors the judges will take into account in considering submissions are the use made of volunteers, initiatives for young and old readers and the relative size of the libraries.

 We look forward to seeing this initiative bringing real benefit to the county.

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