Knights Of's Aimée Felone won the 2019 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for her "astonishing contribution" to the industry in just five years in publishing.
Author Nina Stibbe was presented with the 2019 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction at Hay Festival on Monday 27th May. As per tradition, a pig—or in this case a Gloucester Old Spot boar—will be named after Stibbe's winning novel, Reasons to be Cheerful (Viking).
More than 50 agents, editors and publishers turned out for a special networking event at the Free Word centre on Thursday 24 May. The event was organised by Spread the Word and was held to introduce this year’s London Writers Awards cohort.
A Thomas Harris fan won a one-off gold edition of the author's latest thriller, Cari Mora, following a nationwide social media treasure hunt.
On Tuesday 21st May, Macmillan Children's Books teamed up with illustrator Dapo Adeola second left and BookTrust Represents to host a public event supporting black British illustrators trying to find their way into publishing. L-R Sallyanne Sweeney, Adeola, Chante Timothy, Olivia Danso, Emily Drabble and Chris Inns.
Over 550 colleagues from Penguin Random House UK visited six local Lambeth primary schools—to champion reading for pleasure—during its annual charity walk. The company raised just over £12,000 for the National Literacy Trust.
Sara Barnard was named the winner of the YA Book Prize 2019 for her novel Goodybe, Perfect (Macmillan Children's Books) in a ceremony held at Hay Festival.