Rosemary Sutcliff won The Carnegie Medal for historical novel The Lantern Bearers in 1959

Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novels The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, and The Lantern Bearers are sometimes called a trilogy. Rosemary Sutcliff won the Library Association Carnegie Medal for The Lantern Bearers in 1959. The Medal is awarded every year in the UK to the writer of an outstanding book for children. 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. His experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that “if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries”. He established more than 2800 libraries across the English speaking world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.

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 some £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice. Rosemary Sutcliff also:

Book Awards won by Rosemary Sutcliff

I am trying to make accurate my list of all book awards Rosemary Sutcliff was given or nominated for. This is my summary so far: can readers help me expand and improve it?
  • 1959: The Carnegie Medal, The Lantern Bearers
  • 1968: The Hans Christian Andersen Award, nominated
  • 1971: Zilveren Griffel – The Silver Pencil, in Holland
  • 1972: The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Tristan and Iseult
  • 1974: The Hans Christian Andersen Award, highly commended
  • 1978: The Other Award, Song for a Dark Queen (A children’s book award focusing on anti-sexist, anti-racist titles in the UK).
  • 1985: The Phoenix Award, The Mark of the Horse Lord
  • 2010: The Phoenix Award, The Shining Company

Song for A Dark Queen music by BBC Radio 2 folk musician of the year John Kirkpatrick

Song for a Dark Queen, the Rosemary Sutcliff award-winning historical novel about Boudicca (Boadicea) was dramatised as a play in 1984 at The Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme, adapted and directed by Nigel Bryant. British accordion and concertina player  BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year 2010, John Kirkpatrick  Read More »

Rosemary Sutcliff’s award-winning historical novel Song for a Dark Queen reviewed in The Times in 1978

Rosemary Sutcliff was astonished but delighted when her novel about Boudicca (often wrongly spelt Boadicea)  – Song for a Dark Queen -won The Other Award for fiction. It was an award for books which were determinedly egalitarian and respectful of women. She was not sure what those responsible for it would have thought of her Telegraph-reading Tory politics. Read More »