Robert Ince, who was master of ceremonies at yesterday’s Carnegie and Greenaway Medals presentations, told the audience the first library he went to was a mobile library every other Friday and the first book he borrowed was a collection of Spike Milligan poems.
The magic of libraries, he said, was that in a short journey you can find yourself in New Zealand or Ghana or going to Jupiter.
The CILIP president, Dawn Finch, marked 2016 as a very special year, with CILIP and Amnesty working in partnership for the first time to establish a brand new commendation – the Amnesty-CILIP Honor – a prize celebrating freedoms.
The first Amnesty CILIP Honours were judged by a panel including the 2015 Carnegie Medal winner Tanya Landman.
From the CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist the Honour went to Robin Talley for Lies We Tell Ourselves, which the judges called “an exciting page-turner of a book, it vividly brings to life the human cost of prejudice and explores an historic battle for equal access to education.” Talley lives in America, and so was not present at the event. Her publisher received the award on the author’s behalf.
The Amnesty CILIP Honour for the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist went to Ross Collins for There’s a Bear on My Chair, a book which, according to the judges, is “packed full of joyous humour: it develops children’s empathy and shows how we can protest creatively and peacefully when something is wrong.” Collins gave a humorous self-deprecating acceptance speech, expressing amazement that his “daft wee book” had received such recognition from a body with the stature of Amnesty, and explained that his agent has to spend lot of time apologising on phone saying, “Oh don’t worry if Ross said that – he’s Scottish!”
Here is a slideshow of images from the event: