***SOLD OUT*** The Eleanor Farjeon Award ***SOLD OUT***

Thursday, 7th November 2013 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Penguin Offices, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL

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The 2013 Eleanor Farjeon Award
Generously sponsored by the estate of Eleanor Farjeon

With special guest speaker: Nicolette Jones

The Eleanor Farjeon Award is made for distinguished service to the world of children’s books, and will be given to a person or an organisation whose commitment and contribution is deemed to be outstanding.

We are delighted to invite members and ticketholders to vote for this year’s winner
from the following nominees:

David Almond

John Burningham

David Fickling

Little Angel Theatre

The National Literacy Trust


Please note that both member and non-member votes can be made when purchasing tickets for the event from our website. Each named ticketholder is entitled to one vote. Please follow directions to fill in the relevant boxes for attendee names and votes when ordering.

CBC members who cannot attend but would still like to vote may email the CBC Committee directly at: childrensbookcircle@gmail.com


About Our Nominees

David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas, Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, and many other novels, stories and plays. His work is translated into over 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His many awards include The Carnegie Medal, two Whitbreads, The Michael L Printz Award and The Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world’s most prestigious prize for children’s authors. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and Guest Artistic Director of the 2013 Bath Festival of Children’s Literature. He was born in Newcastle, grew up in Felling-on-Tyne and now lives with his family in Northumberland.

John Burningham
undertook many jobs as he was growing up, including framing, slum-clearance, forestry, and school building, which involved travelling through Italy, Yugoslavia, and Israel. In 1956, John started his studies at the Central School of Art, where he received a diploma in 1959. John’s first attempt at writing and illustrating a children's book was Borka: The Adventures of a Goose With No Feathers in 1963. It won the Kate Greenaway Medal that same year. John won the Greenaway for the second time in 1970 with Mr Gumpy's Outing. His successes have continued to the present day and he is regarded as one of the world's most talented picture-book makers. He has been nominated for the 2014, Hans Christian Andersen Award, one of the highest accolades in the world of children’s books.

David Fickling is a lifelong publisher of children's books, now at the helm of the newly independent David Fickling Books.  For nearly twelve years he ran DFB as an imprint - of Scholastic, then of Random House. Over the years David has published some extraordinary books. He first worked at OUP, where he signed up Philip Pullman (whom he has edited and published ever since, including the multi-million selling His Dark Materials trilogy) and where he published Gillian Cross’s The Demon Headmaster and his launch list when he moved to Doubleday included bestselling Jacqueline Wilson (whom David teamed up with artist Nick Sharratt). He then brought Horrible Histories to the world at Scholastic and has since gone on to publish John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jenny Downham’s Before I Die and Andy Mulligan’s Trash.

Little Angel Theatre is one of only three purpose-built puppet theatres in England. Established in 1961, their 100 seat venue stands side-by-side with their workshop, where new productions and puppets are developed, carved and constructed.  Dedicated to the celebration and development of puppetry and live animation in all its diverse forms, Little Angel Theatre is internationally renowned for its productions and educational activities, including the professional training of puppeteers and puppet makers. In 2012/13 they performed to nearly 33,000 children and adults at their home venue and reached another 37,000 on tour. Recent productions include The Tear Thief based on the book by Carol Ann Duffy (in association with Royal Exchange Theatre), A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings based on the book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (a coproduction with Kneehigh), and an adaptation of Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

The National Literacy Trust is the only charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK and their work is focused on children and families. The charity works in 250 of the UK’s most deprived communities to promote reading for pleasure to primary aged children. Over 60,000 children will take part in their Premier League Reading Stars programme this year. Annually they provide training and support to 7,000 schools and last year their teacher training impacted on approximately one million children. A leading authority on literacy, The National Literacy Trust’s annual survey of 35,000 children’s reading habits and access to resources attracts widespread media attention. They also lead the All-Party Parliamentary Literacy Group which last year undertook a commission on boys’ underachievement in reading.

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