Ruth Rendell Award launched to recognise authors who champion the literacy cause

Ruth Rendall

The National Literacy Trust and the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society are launching a new annual award in memory of best-selling Penguin Random House author, Ruth Rendell.

The Ruth Rendell Award will be presented to the author or writer who has most contributed to raising literacy levels in the UK, through their writing and books or through their advocacy and championing of the cause of literacy.

Ruth Rendell was a long-time supporter of the National Literacy Trust.

National Literacy Trust Director, Jonathan Douglas, said: “This brand new award celebrating the commitment of authors to the literacy cause is a wonderful tribute to Ruth Rendell, who was a much-loved author and a powerful advocate for literacy.”

Nominations for authors or writers who have had a significant influence on literacy in the past year are being sought from schools, charities, libraries, booksellers and individuals. The closing date for entries is 31 May 2016. 

The Ruth Rendell Award will be presented by Ruth’s son, Simon Rendell, at a ceremony at the House of Commons in December 2016.

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