2 JUNE 2020
Auris, the Service Development Category award winners at last year's Stationers' Innovation Ezxcellence Awards announce a new compeition.
We have been delighted to hear of Auris's progress since the Stationers' Innovation Excellence Awards Day last June especially when they launched the world's first listening bookshop and when Claire Balding OBE was named Brand Amabassador
Now they are back in touch to tell us about a major competition for young writers. The Young Authors’ Competition is open to children in two age groups - up to 9 years old and 10 years and older. Children up to 9 years are asked to submit no more than 600 words and older children, 900 words.
The Closing date is 31 July and then entires will be judge by Claire Balding plus Francesca Simon, who has written over fifty books for children of all ages, including the famous Horrid Henry series and Greg James and Chris Smith, co-authors of the Kid Normal books.
The winning entries, for each age group and category, will have their stories uploaded to the Fonetti library, to be read by children worldwide, as well as receiving a signed book from the judges.
The judges will also award an overall winning entry, the young author of which will receive a printed copy of their prize-winning book as well as a framed copy of its front cover.
Full details can found here.
Maybe all those parents and grandparents who are still trying to occupy their young family members will be able to encourage them to enter!
1 JUNE 2020
News from our Treasurer, Court Assistant Ian Leggett, of how three Livery Companies plus several experts came together to assist with the development of a brand new and innovative medical gown.
Over the weekend of 18th April 2020, Ian Leggett was asked for his help in finding a solution that addressed the safety of all those caring for the most critically ill Covid-19 patients who are intubated. That weekend saw the formation of an expert committee of interested volunteers and individuals with their own field of appropriate expertise to design, make, test and deliver 'a multi-use water-resistant gown with low air permeability which could be washed at 60°C+ would fit the bill (there was also a similar determination by the UKFT).
On the Monday our Clerk of the Stationers’ Company put Ian in touch with the Clerks of the Drapers and the Clothworkers who very kindly (and speedily) made substantial donations to ensure that the cloth, and the design and function of the gown could be tested, and enough cloth acquired and distributed to the team of volunteers who sewed the gowns.
Since the 19th April 2020 there have been significant challenges and hurdles that have been overcome to get the Montreal Park Gown to where it is needed most – not least a change in legislation four weeks into the project. As well as numerous other highly complex and rather convoluted issues, some of which are still being addressed. Despite this by the week of 26th May 2020, 160+ gowns have been produced and gowns have now been issued to a number of key frontline clinicians.
News of the gowns is being disseminated and they can be procured free of charge on application via the website. Individuals are issued with a Gown Pack which consists of two gowns (one on and one in the wash!), two specially designed laundry bags and a starter ‘wash pack’.
Do click through and explore the website https://montrealparkredzoneppe.org/. You can view the bio’s of the Expert Committee on the website referred to above to see exactly what the gown looks like and how it is used. The Performance and Testing results of the gown are now published (as of 22nd May 2020) and provide an interesting and sobering read.
21st century society is often perceived as very self-centred and while absolutely no-one would have wished the Coronavirus pandemic upon us to prove the opposite, that is in fact what has happened in all sorts of ways. In this case, the crisis has brought Ian, the Montreal Park team and three City Livery Companies together to make this amazing breakthrough in medical gowns which are currently making caring for extremely ill patients much safer.
28 MAY 2020
Faber have very kindly given permission for Mary Jean Chan's poem, our sixth "locked down"suggestion by the Poetry Book Society, to be used on our website. Members will find it in their own area of the website and should log in and read it there along with all sorts of other items pertinent to the lock down!
26 MAY 2020
Freeman Amy Hutchinson, CEO of BOSS says that BOSS are delighted to announce that Dr Eliza Filby will be this year’s keynote speaker at BOSS Members’ Day to be held virtually on the 3rd of June between 10.00am-12.30pm and kindly sponsored by ECI Software Solutions.
21 MAY 2020
The current poet Laureate, Simon Armitage has very kindly given his permission for this poem, the fifth suggested by the Poetry Book Society, to be used on our website. Members will find it in their own area of the website and should log in and read it there along with all sorts of other items pertinent to the lock down!
19 MAY 2020
On 12 May the Stationers' Company held a webinar to explore the experiences of three companies on the Communications and Content industries as they entered lock down and pivoted their business to cope and indeed to help ease the PPE crisis, and effectively communicate the nations thanks to the NHS in all sorts of ways. You can listen to the recording in full via the link below.
14 MAY 2020
Anyone locked down and seeking a little encouragement in the face of uncertainty will relish this fourth poem suggested by the Poetry Book Society. Members will find it in their own area of the website and should log in and read it there along with all sorts of other items pertinent to the Lock down!
12 MAY 2020
James Hewes, CEO and President of FIPP, one of the Trade Associations with which we maintain links has sent us this update of their activities during the Coronavirus crisis. He has also kindly sent a link to their list of webinars and an in depth report on the crisis in magazine publishing.
7 MAY 2020
Victor Watson CBE DL (see main image) was Chairman of Waddingtons ( Mr. Monopoly) and President of Creative Digital Industries he was passionate about young people in our industry. This trophy, presented annually in his memory has never been more relevant.
7 MAY 2020
Anyone locked down and seeking a little encouragement in the face of uncertainty will relish this third poem suggested by the Poetry Book Society. Members will find it in their own area of the website and should log in and read it there along with all sorts of other items pertinent to the Lock down!
4 MAY 2020
The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 120 members and 26 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
30 APRIL 2020
Anyone locked down but seeking solace in their garden or allotment will enjoy this second poem suggested by the Poetry Book Society. Members will find it in their own area of the website and should log in and read it there along with all sorts of other items pertinent to the Lock down!