In this year’s New Year Honours Seven Stories is delighted that several of our friends have been honoured for their contribution to children’s literature.  

Author and Seven Stories Patron Philip Pullman, best known for the His Dark Materials fantasy trilogy is to be knighted for services to literature. Sir Philip was a founding supporter of Seven Stories, championing the idea for a national centre dedicated to children’s books and passionate in his advocacy for such a place to be realised. We are honoured that Philip donated manuscripts for his early work for children to our Collection.  Philip’s work took writing to children to new places – imaginatively and metaphorically – inviting young readers to explore morality, philosophy and science through gripping storytelling.

Ever popular children’s writer, former Children’s laureate and frequent performer at Seven Stories, Julia Donaldson has been awarded a CBE. We were delighted to work with Julia in 2012 to make an exhibition A Squash and a SqueezeSharing Stories with Julia Donaldson – which went on to be one of our most successful exhibitions ever, enjoyed by over 175,000 people across the UK!

Also honoured with a CBE is author, illustrator and former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. We loved Chris’s artists residency weekend at Seven Stories in July 2017, when with a swish of pen and ink he created the wonderful mural in our Studio and designed a Seven Stories Snowdog as part of the popular Wild in Art trail for St. Oswald’s Hospice. Chris’ illustrations of Banderbears from The Edge Chronicles are on show in our Bears! Exhibition, which is currently on tour around the UK - catch it next at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in February 2019.

From everyone at Seven Stories we want to say a huge congratulations all three authors for these well-deserved achievements.