Kim Scott Walwyn was a Publishing Director at Oxford University Press and died in 2002 - much too early. In her memory this prize is awarded to exceptional women in publishing.
On 10 May 2017 the Communications Manager, Deborah Rea, represented the Company at a gathering, on Hachette's wonderful roof garden (see photo for view), at which the 2017 prize was awarded to Alice Curry, Founder and Publisher of Lantana. Our congratulations to Alice and to all the shortlisted nominees of whom you can read more here.
As many Members will realise from their endeavours for the Company, and in their own professional lives, arranging these awards requires much hard work from many people and this is obviously as true for the Kim Scott Walwyn prize as it is for the various awards that the Company is involved with such as the Innovation Excellence Awards, the Stationers' Warrants, Shine and the Young Stationers' Prize.
The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize Committee is supported by the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) and the Publishing Training Centre and it is great to know that Freeman Zara Markland, the 2016-2017 chair of the SYP and a Stationers' Bursary Recipient, who is also on the Young Stationers Committee, and Freeman Peter McKay of the Publishers' Training Centre and who has been co-opted on to the Corporate Members Committee are both also at the heart of the team keeping this important prize running and can been seen in the image below addressing the attendees.
The speaker at the event was Mary Beard the Cambridge Classics Professor who, in reflecting on the worth of the efforts of women in the world of books, writing, publishing, etc, referred to the Greek poet Sappho. Even though in her day Sappho was referred to as the tenth muse only a few scraps of her work still exist on old bits of papyrus which at some point had been 'recycled' (thank goodness!) and used to stuff mummies (oh goodness!). They were only discovered when the mummies were unravelled! Should we be unravelling lots more mummies to see what literary treasures they hold?
We learn all this in the same week as a scrap of Caxton's printing was rediscovered (Latest News 9 May 2017). This scrap had apparently been 'recycled' and used to stiffen the spine of another book. It had then been rescued in 1820 but not recognised for what it was. One wonders what those items we recycle today will reveal to the future and indeed whether blogs and other cultural offerings made digitally will survive at all!