The David Vaisey Prize 2018
- Edward Gillespie, formerly the Managing Director of the Cheltenham Racecourse for over 30 years.For 10 years Chairman of the Everyman Theatre, and now the Chairman of the Cheltenham Music Festival and the Summerfield Charitable Trust; (CHAIR)
- Jamila Gavin, the successful children’s writer who lives in Stroud;
- Marianne Hinton, who directed an art gallery in New York, and has been involved with the theatre and the Cheltenham Festivals;
- Trevor Lee, the Assistant Headteacher and Head of Whole School Literacy at Kingshill School, Cirencester, following a career in financial institutions.
- Rachel Joyce, the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in Stroud.
- The judges will consider submissions from a substantial number of the 31 County The Times Libraries and 8 Community Libraries which show how they have achieved an increase in the reading of books. They will identify four libraries by the end of July,and then choose a winner,who will be announced at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival in October.
- The winning library will receive the Prize of £5000, and each of the other shortlisted ones will receive £1000. In considering the submissions, the judges will take into account, amongst other factors,the use of volunteers,initiatives for young and old readers, and the relative size of the libraries.
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