Tremain, Kay, Shrigley in New Year's Honours

Tremain, Kay, Shrigley in New Year's Honours

Novelist Rose Tremain has been made a Dame in the New Year's Honours list.

Meanwhile poet and novelist Jackie Kay, the Scots Makar, receives a CBE. Sir Elton John, author of autumn memoir Me (Macmillan), is made a Companion of Honour.

Among those receiving OBEs are artist and author David Shrigley, for services to visual arts, former Reading Agency c.e.o. Sue Wilkinson, for services to literature and writing, and author and cook Nigel Slater.

Literary agent Felicity Bryan gets an MBE for services to publishing. Bryan, founder of her eponymous independent Oxford-based agency, said: "I was surprised but very pleased because I think it is a reflection on all my vibrant colleagues at Felicity Bryan Associates.  Setting up a literary agency outside London seemed a bold move over 30 years ago.  But Oxford has proved a perfect place to create a very distinct and expanding agency." 

Daisy Christodoulou of ed-tech company No More Marking also receives an MBE, as does author Dreda Say Mitchell, who is honoured for services to literature and to work in prisons.

Also receiving MBEs are David Burns, author of Jessica Kingsley book Do Lemons Have Feathers?, for services to children and young people with autism, and Carol Boswarthack, head of Barbican and community libraries in the city of London.

A crop of library professionals received British Empire Medals in the Honours list: Catherine Cooke, support officer for the TriBorough shared library service; Angela Forster, recently retired service manager for Newcastle City Council's Community Hubs, Libraries and Parks; Subnum Hariff-Khan, library and information manager for Oldham Libraries and chair for Libraries Connected North West; Amy Hearn, digital inclusion coordinator at Leeds City Council; Anthony Hopkins, head of Library, Heritage and Adult Education Services for the London Borough of Merton; Elizabeth Hutchinson, for services to school libraries; Denis Jones, development manager for Liverpool Libraries; Mark McCree, head of libraries for Blackpool; Isabel Oswell of the British Library, who leads on the Business and Intellectual Centres in public libraries; Maria Reguera of Redbridge Libraries; and Jacqueline Thompson, ICT learning officer for Gateshead Libraries.