Judges for 2019

Rachel Joyce (Chair), moved to writing after a long career as an actor. In addition to writing plays and adapting classics for BBC Radio 4, she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. She lives in Stroud and was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards ‘New Writer of the Year’ in December 2012 and shortlisted for the ‘UK Author of the Year’ in 2014.


Here are Rachel’s thoughts on libraries.

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Jamila Gavin, the successful children’s writer, who lives in the Stroud area.

Click here to see what libraries mean to Jamila.



Trevor Lee, the Assistant Headteacher and Head of Whole School Literacy at Kingshill School, Cirencester, following a career in financial institutions.

Trevor’s comments on libraries are here.

Julian Hasler is an arable farmer living near Tetbury; with a degree in Sciences and English Literature he has been a voracious reader from an early age.



See Julian’s comments on libraries here.

Caroline Sanderson is another Stroud based author and freelance books journalist. She is also Associate Editor of book trade magazine, The Bookseller. Caroline is Artistic Director of Stroud Book Festival and also co-hosts a monthly book club on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.


Caroline’s thoughts on libraries are here.