As the founder and organiser of the Excelsior Award, 2019 represents the first time I’ve decided to make some fairly big changes to the way it works. And I wanted to share why with all the school librarians who sign up to take part in it every year.
Blog of Steel
Last week I posted a blog about “McFiction” and the increasing prevalence of “celebrity authors” like Tom Fletcher, Frank Lampard and David Walliams in our nation’s larger bookstores… and how I didn’t like it because of the way these stores and book publishers were favouring these “authors” over more experienced writers, more talented writers and even the up-and-coming writers looking for a big break. It seemed to go down very well with those that read it.
However, a quick browse of my own book shelves brought up a possible (and disturbing!) contradiction within my own anti-celeb position.