Rosemary Clarke dies

Rosemary Clarke dies

Rosemary Clarke, director of programmes at Booktrust, died last weekend after a short illness.

Clarke joined Booktrust in 1998 and was appointed head of Bookstart in 2001. She received an MBE for services to education in 2011.

In a statement, Booktrust said: "A true powerhouse, Rosemary was instrumental in taking Bookstart from a highly-effective local books for babies project and turning it into the first national bookgifting programme anywhere in the world.

"We know that her loss will be felt keenly not only amongst her family and friends, but also amongst the thousands of people up and down the country-librarians, teachers, parents, children and so many others—with whom she shared the Bookstart vision of parents as a child's first educator.

"We send our heartfelt condolences to Rosemary's family and friends during this difficult time."

A memorial service to celebrate Clarke's life is being planned for later in the spring. More details can be had from Trudi Kent, at