Kim Scott Walwyn Award Winner

Kay Peddle (left) with Lynette Owen (2003 winner)

The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize is the first award to recognise the professional achievements of women in publishing. Kay Peddle, assistant editor at Vintage, won the Prize yesterday evening at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon, London. Helen Fraser, former Penguin UK managing director, delivered the keynote speech on women and success.

Kate Jury, chair of the prize-awarding committee, said: “The committee’s warmest congratulations go to Kay Peddle on winning the first of the new Kim Scott Walwyn prizes, sponsored by the Society of Young Publishers and the Publishing Training Centre.

“The judging committee were very impressed by both Kay’s achievements, and by her clear-sighted analysis of how she could use her skills and experience to reach out to new and different audiences. We hope her achievements will inspire women from all areas of publishing to apply for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize next year.”

Peddle received £1,000, sponsored by the SYP, as well as a one-day course of her choice, courtesy of the Publishing Training Centre.

So who is she?

Kay Peddle is the woman behind Bodley Head’s innovative Brain Shots audiobooks. She was born and raised in South Africa and moved to Britain in 2006 to study for an MA in International Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. She graduated with Distinction and started her publishing career as a Marketing Assistant at Random House. In 2008, she moved into editorial and, as Assistant Editor at Vintage, conceived and produced the Bodley Head Brain Shots, which launched to great acclaim in 2009.

The 2011 shortlist was:

  • Lucy Cuthew, Commissioning Editor, Meadowside Children’s Books
  • Jessica Leeke, Fiction Editor, Simon & Schuster UK
  • Sarah Norman, Senior Editor, Atlantic Books
  • Kay Peddle, Assistant Editor, The Bodley Head; Vintage Publishing; Random House
Congratulations to all of you!

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