- Date: 15 December 2010
- Area: North
Kate Edwards, Chief Executive, Seven Stories. Credit: Seven Stories
Seven Stories, the Newcastle-upon-Tyne based centre for children's books, has won the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award.
The award is presented annually by the Children's Book Circle to a person or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to children's literature.
The Children's Book Circle is a national association for professionals working in the children's literature industry. Its members, which includes authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians, agents and critics, nominate and vote for the winner of the award which was established in 1965 in memory of children's author Eleanor Farjeon, who is perhaps best known for writing the words of the hymn Morning has Broken. Past winners have included Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson and Philip Pullman.
This year, Seven Stories was shortlisted alongside Booktrust, National Literacy Trust, World Book Day, David Almond and Michael Morpurgo. The award was presented at a ceremony held on Tuesday 23 November at the head office of publisher Penguin on the Strand, London.
Seven Stories, which is an Arts Council England regularly funded organisation, is the first museum in the UK wholly dedicated to the art of British children's books and recently celebrated its fifth birthday.
Since opening, the centre, which is tucked under Byker Bridge in Newcastle's Ouseburn Valley, has welcomed at least 350,000 visitors, including 70,000 school children. A further half a million people have visited Seven Stories exhibitions on tour across the UK. Seven Stories has developed a reputation for its educational work and has worked with many community partners to take reading for pleasure, messages and practice, to children and families who don't have books as part of their lives.
Kate Edwards, Chief Executive at Seven Stories, said: 'This is the highest accolade for services to children's literature in Britain and it was a great honour to go to London to receive the award and to represent the many many people who have played a part in turning Seven Stories into the extraordinary place that it is today. Looking at the list of past winners it's clear that Seven Stories joins a group of remarkable individuals and organisations who have been advocates for the place and role of children's books in our society. This award is a great boost to Seven Stories at a time of uncertainty and challenge.'
Alison Clark-Jenkins, Regional Director, Arts Council England, North East said: 'It is great news that the work of the team at Seven Stories has been acknowledged by this prestigious award. It recognises their ongoing work in showcasing the best in children's literature.'
Seven Stories is a registered charity supported by Arts Council England and Newcastle City Council.
For further information visit the Seven Stories website