We are delighted to announce that the Little Rebels Award has secured funding from the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, and that this year’s winner will receive a prize of £2000.
Little Rebels co-organiser Fen Coles (Letterbox Library) says: “This funding puts our prize money on a more equal footing to other children’s book awards, thereby properly rewarding those authors who are creating exceptional egalitarian, anti-discriminatory and social justice fiction. This will itself mean that we can provide a much bigger platform to progressive children’s fiction that is otherwise all too easily overlooked”.
The Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust’s general objectives are to “advance public education, learning and knowledge in all aspects of the philosophy of Marxism, the history of socialism, and the working class movement”. The Trust helped fund a wide range of initiatives in 2019 including: an interactive, ‘talking’ statue’ of Sylvia Pankhurst; the facilitation of educational talks in secondary schools by Anti-Apartheid Movement Education in Schools; Nice One Cyril!, an anti-racist event and football tournament celebrating the life of footballer Cyrille Regis and the fight against racism.
The 2020 shortlist will be revealed in April!