Duffy, Warner and Smith in New Year Honours

Duffy, Warner and Smith in New Year Honours

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, writer Ali Smith, and historian and novelist Marina Warner are among those named in the New Year Honours 2015.  

Duffy is made a Dame for services to poetry, while Warner, whose Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale (Oxford University Press) was published this autumn, receives a Damehood for services to higher education and literary scholarship. Smith, author of this autumn's Man Booker-shortlisted How to be Both (Hamish Hamilton), is given a CBE for services to literature.   

Jonathan Bate, professor of English Literature at the university of Oxford, and a judge of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, has been knighted for services to literary scholarship and higher education. 

Meanwhile novelist and screenwriter William Nicholson receives an OBE for services to drama and literature; actress Meera Syal, whose books include Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee (Black Swan), is made a CBE for services to drama and literature; and SBTV founder Jamal Edwards, whose book Self Belief: The Vision is published by Virgin Books, is made an MBE for services to music.

Alan Davey, departing chief executive of Arts Council England, is made a CBE for services to the arts, as is Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre. Anne Chisholm, previously chair of The Royal Society of Literature, is made an OBE for services to literature. Faith Liddell, director of Festivals Edinburgh, which includes the Edinburgh International Book Festival, is made an OBE for services to the arts.

A number of library personnel are named in the list. Janene Cox, president of the Society of Chief Librarians, is made an OBE for services to libraries, while Martyn Wade, lately national librarian and chief executive of the National Library of Scotland, is made an OBE for services to culture in Scotland. Lynda Clapham, librarian at Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry, is made an MBE for services to education.

Diane Elizabeth Lees, director general of the Imperial War Museums, which is currently thought to be consulting on closing its library as part of a restructure, is made a CBE for services to museums, with Ann Carter, the Imperial War Museums project director, given an MBE.

Other prominent academics honoured include Julian Le Grand, professor of social policy at the London School of Economics, and Nigel Thrift, vice-chancellor of the University of Warwick, who are both knighted.

Hasan Bakhshi, director of creative economy in policy and research at Nesta, a charity which works to increase the innovation capacity of the UK, is made an MBE for services to the creative industries. John Newbigin chair of Creative England, a not-for-profit which aims to increase the profile of England’s creative industries, is made an OBE for services to the creative industries and the arts.

Notable inclusions from other industries include a knighthood for actor John Hurt and damehoods for actress Kristin Scott Thomas, broadcaster Esther Rantzen and designer Mary Quant.