Last week was one of those interesting weeks where lots seemed to happen. Two days were spent in the office in Swindon doing lots of admin and also meeting with our new accountant and starting to build a fruitful working relationship with him.
Wednesday I got to sit in on the deliberations for the final judging of the Information Book Award for 2012 – and was amazed and delighted by the rigour of our judges and their passion for the subject! Watch out for a super event in the autumn where the winners are announced and celebrated. Meantime - make sure you are registered with our website to take part in the Children’s Choice voting – and make a splash with Information Books in your library! Later that day I went to see the new venue for School Librarian of the Year – it will be super, and very central in London.
The following day, also in London, was very mixed – running from a meeting with Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools at the DfE to a book award! Any meeting with the minister is a valuable opportunity to put across our point of view, and hear from the government side what’s occupying their mind. There were no real surprises, but a lively discussion ensued between us (Lin Smith, Karen Horsfield, Ginette Doyle and me) and the Minister and his team. We shall await feedback with interest.
Then I had the pleasure of attending the Branford Boase Award which is doubly enjoyable as the celebration is of children and young people who write, as well as a newly published author and editor! All the children get to meet all the authors there – and have their prizes presented by patron Jacqueline Wilson. The winners were Annabel Pitcher & Fiona Kennedy from Orion – and there is a full report and pictures on the Branford Boase website. Carol Webb, the 2011 School Librarian of the Year, was involved as one of the judges this year. Congratulations to everyone involved!
After a packed week I then went to the Silverstone F1 Grand Prix – you will have seen the reports of the mud and the chaos in the press, so really quite glad to be back at the office again today!