Anne Marley MBE
Anne is a qualified children’s librarian who has worked at a senior level in public and schools library services for over 30 years, most recently in Hampshire where she has overseen many author events in schools throughout the county bringing the excitement of meeting an author into the classroom.
In addition to her work for Hampshire Library Service, for the past 28 years she has been the organiser of the highly successful Wessex Children’s Book Festival. This Festival has attracted up to 10,000 people each year who have enjoyed talks by a host of high profile authors and illustrators. Guest authors in recent years have been Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Rosen, Anthony Browne, Kaye Umansky, Andy Stanton, Frank Cottrell Boyce and many others.
Anne has also been the Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, the Youth Libraries Group and The Children’s Book Circle. Most recently she has been a member of the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL) National Committee.
She now also runs the highly successful and acclaimed Branford Boase Award for first time children’s novelists and their editors, alongside which runs the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition for children, which attracts up to 1,000 entries every year.
In 2012, she was awarded an MBE for Services to Local Government.