Posted on 08/06/2012
Royal Holloway, University of London, is delighted to announce that English alumna, Katie Clapham, won the prestigious Young Bookseller of the Year Award 2012 last month.
Specialist children’s bookshop, Storytellers Inc, launched in November 2010 by Katie and her mother Carolyn in St-Anne’s-on-Sea, Lancashire, features a carefully-selected stock of the finest books for children of all ages, as well as stationery, gifts and book-related merchandise. The award, sponsored by HarperCollins was given for Katie’s "imaginative and distinctive stock selection" and "busy and varied" programme of events.
Katie says: “My time at Royal Holloway both in the undergraduate Creative Writing and English Literature programme and the MA in Poetic Practice inspired me to continue writing but more importantly it showed me the value of discussion and collaboration in maintaining and revitalising creativity. It was the texts that I was shown at Royal Holloway, in particular by my course leader Dell Olsen, that encouraged me to work creatively with children because I wished I hadn’t had to wait to get to University to read some of the amazing things that were shown to me. I want to make sure children in school recognise creative writing as a real option for the future because I had a really wonderful time during my studies and I think it can open a lot of avenues when it comes to looking for a job.” She goes on: “Winning this award is a real boost so early on in my career and the goal is now to channel the enthusiasm into ways to keep building and improving our business. I have big dreams for Storytellers, Inc.”
The Bookseller Industry Awards, now in its third year, recognises the very best in and of the book trade, and took place in London on 14 May.