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.
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!
The Young Stationers come anywhere from first to last in quizzes, depending on how much they have had to drink. This week, they came second in the younger Inter-Livery Quiz, missing out by a mere half-point. Thankfully, organiser and Pewterer Miss Eleanor Mason Brown felt sorry for them, and sent each Young Stationer home with one box of chocolates she had received from chaps. In the photo above you can see from left: Miss Sarah Maria Carter, Miss Caroline Roddis, Paddy Belton, Richard Knights (applicant Stationer), Liveryman Moira Sleight, and Mahmoud Warriah (a second applicant Stationer).
Pádraig Belton has just sent to the office the photo above of the Young Stationers who attended a charity event to which the newly elected Aldermanic Sheriff, Sir Paul Judge, had very kindly invited them. It was held at his penthouse digs on Friday, 12 July. (From left: Miss Imogen Cawrse, Rhidian Jones, Mark Kuria, Liveryman Paddy Belton, Thomas Borwick, Varun Ramraj, Miss Laura Miller, Miss Caroline Roddis.) The fundraiser was in aid of bursaries for secondary school pupils in Kenya, through the Aiducation programme administered at the Cambridge Judge Business School.
On a wet Fleet Street Friday, a fortunate few Young Stationers were whisked (and wined) by St Bride's Claire Seaton, through a choral tour of St Bride's Church, and an inky one of the St Bride's Foundation next door.
Lest it be thought the Young Stationers don't get out enough, an intrepid party recently voyaged to Kent, to visit the Kent Messenger Group and its executive chair, Court Assistant Geraldine Allinson. The KM Group was abuzz in anticipation of the release of ABC readership statistics, which were expected to show the group's local newspapers throughout Kent were actually gaining readers! (Partly through a sterling product, and in part through the withdrawal from several markets of their historic competition, which has closed some of its local newspapers, and moved others into a free advertiser format.)
Paddy Belton writes- On Friday, 11 April 2014 The Lord Mayor welcomed the Young Stationers to dinner at Mansion House; however, never to fear, the Young Stationers caused no lasting damage (apart possibly from one Grecian urn of which the Lord Mayor wasn't very fond anyway).
From left: Mahmoud Warriah; Richard Knights; Paddy Belton; Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, Lord Mayor; Miss Kathleen Arbuckle; Alderman Sir Paul Judge, Sheriff; and Miss Ije Okoli.
Lord Black of Brentwood joined a bursting room of Young Stationers last night at Buck's to share his thoughts on life after Leveson.
In the rambunctious questions for which these dinners have been known, Lord Black suggested he was receiving more of a grilling than he had from Lord Justice Leveson! He noted the importance of a campaigning, investigating, boisterous printed press in setting the agenda for the broadcast news, and said the fact of the Inquiry had rooted out misbehaviour more than its likely policy recommendations would do.
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 email@example.com, 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