The Young Stationers’ Committee provides a forum for young people from the Communications and Content industries, who have an interest in the work of the Stationers’ Company, enabling them to meet both professionally and socially, and to raise awareness of the activities of the Company.
All members of the Stationers’ Company under the age of 40, and holders of the Stationers’ Company bursaries are automatically considered Young Stationers. Others who are not yet members of the Company are also able to get involved, either as Friends of the Young Stationers, or as a paying member.
The Young Stationers’ Committee is chaired by Dominic Graham with members representing the Company’s industry trades, as well as both bursary recipients and established young professionals.
A handful of members of the Company and the Young Stationers travelled to Dublin for the weekend before Paddy's Day, for a bookish tour of the Fair City which took in first-edition Caxtons, Wynken de Wordes, the first book published in Ireland, and specimens of 18th-century bookbinding, when Dublin was a centre of the craft.
On Monday, 23 February Lord Balfe, MEP for a quarter-century for London, and seen here with Paddy Belton, talked to the Young Stationers about the upcoming General Election, Europe, and the press, in a very jolly evening which brought together a number of young new members of the Company together with current and recent bursary winners - along with their Master, and a Clerk who had given up wine for Lent.
Paddy Belton writes, in his inimitable style, "The Young Stationers had haggis, and it was offal. Liveryman Haggis—and Court Assistant Michael Binyon OBE—joined the Young Stationers, Master Ian Locks, and the Master’s Lady Valerie Locks, both bedecked in tartan, for Burns Night on Monday, 19 January, at (naturally) the Caledonian Club.
78 Young Stationers and friends gathered at Boodle's on Friday,19 December 2014 for a Christmas dinner which raised in excess of £3,000 for the Alzheimer's Society, the charity for which
The Young Stationers were out in force (they filled three tables!) on Monday night to support the St Bride's Inspire! Appeal. The BBC correspondent, John Simpson, attended and there was an auction which raised a considerable amount of money. The Appeal needs to raise £2.5 million for work on the Church and although the evening was undoubtedly a great success there will of course be room for more fund-raising yet! In the group in the picture above above you can see from L-R, top-row: Emily Norfolk-Thompson, Dr Sid Datta, Darragh Connell, Richard Knights, Caroline Knights, Jessica Brichto, John Simpson CBE, Kathleen Arbuckle, Graham Jones, Katie Hanson-Pettengell, Mahmoud Warriah and bottom row: Jon Brichto, Paddy Belton, Natasha Hausdorff.
On Tuesday, 16 April, the Young Stationers went to Oxford, marking links between the Company and Oxford — as well as celebrating the Clerk's past year as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire!They began in Merton (the Clerk's college), with wine and cheese jointly with their friends in the Oxford Society of Young Publishers. There was also a presentation from Dr Giles Bergel about ongoing digitisation of the Stationers' Register and research delving into early British publishing history drawing on it (under the Stationers' Register Online project, funded by a Lyell Research Grant from the University's History Faculty).
The Young Stationers donned shamrock, and were joined for St Patrick's Day by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP, (seen in the photo above on the left with Paddy on the right) who apparently had heard 'they're fun.' The Minister joined 50 Young Stationers in the Savile Club, for questions that ranged from copyright to whether the government ever could find it politically expedient to fund 'high' culture. Young Stationer Olwen Grindley offered a toast “To St Patrick for the day that's in it; Ireland, for the day that's in it; and Brian O'Driscoll, for the day that's in it.” The evening continued, as these things must, until 5 am!
What is it?
The Young Stationers’ Prize is awarded, annually, to a young person who, in the opinion of the judges, has achieved great success in their career; made an outstanding contribution to the sector in which they are working; or achieved success outside their immediate world of work in interesting ways which are relevant to the ethos and trades of the Stationers’ Company.
Past winners of The Young Stationers’ Prize have been Angela Clarke, novelist, playwright, and columnist; and Katie Glass, of the Sunday Times. Proxime accesserunt prizes have been awarded to Laura Summers, Rosamund Urwin, Nicholas Coveney and Andrew Barker.
Who should apply?
Nominations from all of the Stationers’ Trades are eligible, including but by not limited to: printing, packaging, publishing, digital media, journalism, libraries, archives and copyright.
Anyone can apply, or be nominated for The Young Stationers’ Prize – candidates who nominate themselves, or who are not already members of the Stationers’ Company will not be at a disadvantage.
To qualify for the prize, nominees should be under the age of 40 and able to demonstrate an interest in the activities of the Company, and have the attributes relevant to membership.
How does it work?
This year’s Judging Panel is Chaired by Sue Pandit, Court Assistant and governor of Stationers Crown Woods Academy, and will include representatives from the Stationers’ Trades, as well as the Young Stationers’ Committee.
The Worshipful Company of Pewterers has very kindly donated the Prize trophy, to reflect the close ties between the Pewterers and the Stationers. The names of each year’s prizewinners are engraved on the trophy. A book prize will be presented if the judges choose to award a proxime accessit or accesserunt.
The prize will be presented at the Young Stationers’ Annual Dinner in Stationers' Hall, on Monday, 18th July – and we particularly encourage all prize applicants to attend, together with family or colleagues. Tickets are available via the Stationers’ events page www.stationers.org/events
How to apply?
Candidates or nominators can submit any supporting materials or specimens of work which they believe will strengthen their application, as a minimum, each application should include: a brief CV; a short statement by the nominator (or personal statement); and least one additional letter of reference
Applications may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to Young Stationers’ Prize, c/o Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD. If sending by post, please consider also sending us email notification so as to avoid disappointment.
When to apply?
Applications are welcome at any time throughout the year, but any nominations received after Friday, 24th June 2016 will not be eligible for this year’s prize.
Nominations for the 2016 Young Stationers’ Prize are now closed. Any submissions now received will be counted towards next year’s prize.
We are extremely grateful to all of those who have submitted a nomination, our Judging Panel will now be reviewing the candidates’ applications and selecting the Short List and Winner, which will be announced at our Young Stationers’ Annual Dinner on Monday, 18 July.
This year’s Judging Panel is:
- Sue Pandit (Chair) – Court Assistant and governor of Stationers Crown Woods Academy
- Gordon Christiansen – Managing Director, Marketing SVP, Business Leader
- Angela Clarke – last year’s Prize winner, author, playwright and columnist
- Michael Gardner – Chief Executive, the BOSS Federation
- Dominic Graham – Chairman, Young Stationers’ Committee
- Emma Hartley – Livery Committee Representative, journalist, author and blogger
- Charlotte Middleton – Young Stationers’ Committee representative
- Sara Pink – Head of Guildhall and City Business, City of London Corporation