For award-winning, internationally-acclaimed author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). By Anthony Lawton: godson, cousin & literary executor. Rosemary Sutcliff wrote historical fiction, children's literature and books, films, TV & radio, including The Eagle of the Ninth, Sword at Sunset, Song for a Dark Queen, The Mark of the Horse Lord, The Silver Branch, The Lantern Bearers, Dawn Wind, Blue Remembered Hills.
The Carnegie Medal—judged by librarians in the United Kingdom is 77 years-old, this year! Past winners have included Rosemary Sutcliff as wellsuch classic authors of children’s literature as Arthur Ransome and C.S. Lewis. The shortlist of eight books for 2014 has just been announced:
All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry (Published by Templar)
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks (Puffin)
The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston (David Fickling Books)
First awarded to Arthur Ransome for Pigeon Post, the medal is now awarded by The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The winner receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a library. Both the Carnegie Medal and its sister award, the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustrated books, are awarded every year.
Originally the Library Association started the prize in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). He was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in the steel industry in the USA and who was a great supporter of libraries. He once said ”if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries”.
Rosemary Sutcliff also won or was nominated for many other awards in the UK and USA. (She won other awards in translation).
The Library Association started the prize in 1936, in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. The winner now receives a golden medal and some £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice. Rosemary Sutcliff also won or was nominated for many other awards in the UK and USA. (She won other awards in translation). She
I discovered from a search for <The Lantern Bearers> (the title of one of Rosemary Sutcliff‘s bestselling and award-winning historical novels) that there was an American painter of distinction, Maxfield Parrish, who made a work called The Lantern Bearers. It was created originally, in 1908, as a frontispiece for the December 10, 1910 issue of Collier’s magazine.
A press release from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art quoted its director Don Bacigalupi in July 2010: “The detailed representational style juxtaposed with a flat, almost medieval sky create spatial ambiguities that are most interesting. This work has a stage-set, dream-world quality that is compelling.” Hmmm…
I sometimes think that we stand at sunset … It may be that the night will close over us in the end, but I believe that morning will come again … We are the Lantern Bearers, my friend; for us to keep something burning, to carry what light we can forward into the darkness and the wind.