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28 July 2017

Alice Curry awarded the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2017

12 May 2017

Congratulations to Alice Curry who was announced as the winner of The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize at a ceremony on Wednesday 10 May 2017. She was awarded ¬£1,000 sponsored by the SYP and two days' training at the Publishing Training Centre. The keynote speaker for the evening was Mary Beard - the author, broadcaster and Professor of Classics at Cambridge University.

Alice is the founder of Lantana Publishing, a London-based independent publishing company which was this year's UK nomination for the Bologna Prize for Best Children's Publisher of the Year. In her role as Publisher at Lantana, Alice has commissioned award-winning picture books that celebrate diverse and multicultural voices, working with authors and illustrators from almost twenty countries. Following a degree in English Literature from Oxford University and a PhD in Children's Literature from Macquarie University in Sydney, Alice has published a monograph, Environmental Crisis in Young Adult Fiction, and several articles in leading international journals. She is an active member of IBBY UK, a frequent keynote speaker at international symposiums, and has edited a range of children's anthologies for various international education organisations.

The judges said that they were hugely impressed with the quality and variety of this year's applications, from a wide range of women, and their shortlist reflected the many outstanding qualities and contribution to publishing that the Prize rewards. The other shortlisted candidates (who were awarded a day's PTC training) were:

  • Sarah Braybrooke, MD of Scribe UK
  • Candice Carty-Williams, Senior Marketing Executive at Vintage
  • Amy Durant, Publishing Director at Endeavour Press and Editorial Director of new imprint Endeavour Ink
  • Zeljka MaroŇ°evic, Co-Publisher of Daunt Books.

The Prize recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing and is open to any woman who has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years. For more about the prize, see the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize website.

For a report of the awards ceremony, see Laura Cholawka's report on the PTC website.