(Photo, left to right: Trevor Lee, Anne Robinson, Marianne Hinton, Jamila Gavin)
The David Vaisey Prize 2017
The Trustees are pleased to announce the judges for the 2017 David Vaisey Prize for Gloucestershire Libraries. They will be:
- Anne Robinson, the well-known journalist and broadcaster (Chair);
- Jamila Gavin , the successful children’s’ writer who lives in Stroud;
- 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;
- 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.
Anne Robinson commented: ‘I’m thrilled to be the chair of judges for the inaugural David Vaisey Prize for Gloucestershire libraries. My fellow judges and I – all of us from the county – have a challenging, but rewarding, task ahead.’
The judges will consider submissions from a substantial number of the 31 County 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 made of volunteers, initiatives for young and old readers, and the relative size of the libraries.
The Trust is named after David Vaisey CBE, who was Bodley’s Librarian and head of Oxford University’s libraries. The son of a Gloucestershire agricultural worker, he won scholarships to Rendcomb College and Exeter College, Oxford. The celebrated author, Alan Bennett has commented “Libraries are for all ages. It is how my reading began, and how my friend David Vaisey’s did too. The David Vaisey Prize is well-named, celebrating as it does a life dedicated to libraries.”
Jonathan Taylor, the Chairman of the Trust, said “The Prize is up and running. We are hugely grateful to Gloucestershire Libraries & Information, The Cheltenham Festivals, many friends and, most importantly, our financial supporters for their extremely generous help and encouragement. We are now delighted to have our judges on board, and their task will be to decide which libraries are most deserving of the Prize.”
The Trustees, in addition to the Chairman, are Kate MacDuff, Sir Michael McWilliam and Martin Lee-Browne. The Trust is registered with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Number 1166068), and is able to accept donations from individuals under Gift Aid. The Trust’s website is http://davidvaiseyprize.co.uk
Donors to date include The Booker Prize Foundation, The Bodleian Library, The Ernest Cook Trust, the J & M Britton Charitable Trust, The Charitable Trust of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire, Sir Harvey McGrath, Alan Bennett, Jilly Cooper, and a number of other individuals having strong links with Gloucestershire.
Administrator: Sue Emson, whom please contact for photographs, information and queries.
Tel : 01285 654591