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On Friday, 1 March the Clerk and Stationers based in the south were part of a group of 26 to join a tour of The Hepworth Wakefield and Nostell Priory.  This tour was organised by the Northern Stationers and led by Liveryman Robert McClements. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves but there was a serious element to the day too as it allowed the Stationers to see the plaque recognising the Company’s support for School Prints 2019 (see photo) which seeks to bring contemporary art to school children in disadvantaged areas. The Clerk was also able to present a copy of The Stationers’ Company - A History of the latter years 1800-2000   to Nicola Freeman, Director, The Hepworth, and originator of the School Prints initiative (see photo below).

Clerk and Nicola Freeman

These events are proving to be a great success  and all Stationers are encouraged to take advantage of the planning that sees travellers back into King's Cross by 7pm .  Look out for next year's event.

Members who did not attend the LivCom Spring Dinner (main photos) will no doubt have heard from those who did what a wonderful evening was had by all who attended.  There will be full coverage in the next issue of Stationers' News but amongst the fancy dress, song, dance, and sketch-filled entertainment was a very moving piece by Royal Shakespeare Company Actor Joe Mydell.  It was a tribute to American wartime broadcaster Ed Morrow which started with searchlights and air raid sirens.


and went on with Joe on stage and reading the piece.

We are grateful to Nigel Letheren of Eclipse and Diana James for these video clips taken on their phones. 

For details of the What Works Education Conference at the London Book Fair on 12 March, and specifically of a session chaired by Liveryman Jill Jones, members should log in and click here.

For full details of how to book to attend a wonderful St George's Day dinner please log in to the Members' Only area and click here


George Fisher   1st Prize

Geoffrey Baker   2nd Prize

Barry Jones   3rd Prize

Desmond Ryman   4th Prize

Peter Wynn   5th Prize


Kit van Tulleken  1st prize

Susan Mitchell 2nd Prize

Nigel Southey  3rd Prize

Malcolm Gill   4th Prize

Reg Eccles   5th Prize


Josling Taylor  1st Prize

Paul J Thornton 2nd Prize

Betty Morgan  3rd Prize

Ian Bennett 4th Prize

Mariam Hill  5th Prize

Going along to Guildhall to be made Free of the City is always a special occasion and the ceremony is much enjoyed by all. Freeman Ron Aitken, however, saw it as yet another useful experience to which to expose the gorgeous Guy, a Golden Retriever puppy (aged ten months at the time of the ceremony),  who is being walked by Ron with a view to undergoing training to become a guide dog for the blind. Seen in the Chamberlain's Court, with Christine, Ron's wife, in the main photo, Ron was delighted to report that Guy behaved perfectly and wasn't even tempted to misbehave by the presence of the model sheep in the waiting room (see below)!

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At the Master and Wardens' meeting on 18 February 2019 the Master made three people free of the Company.  They were (from L-R in the photo):-

Pamela O'Toole - Broadcast Journalist
Neil Barrett - Director,  Enbecom  
Marie Cannon - Knowledge and Information Officer, Clifford Chance

We congratulate them all and look forward to seeing them at the Hall in the near future.


Members will be interested to know that the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2019 today opens for submissions. The Prize, which recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing, is open to any woman who has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years.

The full Press Release can be seen here.

There are two ways to enter the Prize: nomination or self-submission. The deadline for nominations is 5PM (GMT) Monday 25th February, and the deadline for self-submission is 5PM (GMT) Monday 18th March. Both entry forms can be found here. Full terms and conditions are available here.

For more information on the Prize, please visit the website, and contact with any queries.

Liveryman Chris Roycroft-Davis who has been a Fleet Street journalist for almost half a century attended the News Media Group event at Stationers' Hall last night and writes:

Three hours before the release of the eagerly-awaited Cairncross review on the future of the media industry, the Stationers’ Digital Media Group and more than 120 guests from the London Press Club and the Society of Editors engaged in a lively debate on the core issue: Can quality journalism survive in an era of fake news and social media? On the panel were (from L-R in the photo): Evening Standard Home Affairs Editor Martin Bentham, Jane Barrett, Reuters’ Global Head of Multimedia, Broadcaster Michael Hayman MBE who chaired the discussion, Jodie Ginsberg, of the Index On Censorship, and Guardian Digital Editor Polly Curtis. Court Assistant Doug Wills (on the far right of the photo) opened the evening.

Happily the four experts on the panel concluded, with some qualifications that quality journalism can survive. For fuller coverage please see the next issue of Stationers' News due out in April.

Members may well be keen to get to grips with the major points of the Cairncross Review into the sustainability of the UK news industry in the digital age and the Press Gazette coverage, accessible via this link, provides a clear overview.

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