Lady Cutler Award

The Lady Cutler Award is for Services to Children’s Literature.

From the CBCA NSW announcement about the award

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Christopher (Chris) Cheng has won the 2009 Lady Cutler Award.

Chris is a devoted advocate of Australian children’s literature and has taken every opportunity throughout his career to further its cause. For five years he has been involved in a voluntary capacity in the Federal Government’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week campaign.

He has also been Co-Regional Advisor for the Australian and New Zealand chapter of the SCBWI for the past five years and has worked to establish a successful website for SCBWI Australia and New Zealand creating opportunities for illustrators to display their work, a speakers’ agency for SCBWI authors and illustrator connecting the writing community.

Chris, together with Susanne, holds regular meetings for Australian writers and illustrators at The Hughenden in Sydney, facilitating the sharing of knowledge and literature within the community. Chris hosts a blog on the latest Australian Children’s books.

Whenever we, in the New South Wales Branch of the CBCA, need authors for events and activities whether it be a Book Week Lunch, a Masterclass Writing Workshop, or being a guest speaker, Chris is always a willing, enthusiastic participant and gives generously of his time and considerable talents.

And about the Lady Cutler Award

The Lady Cutler Award is an annual award presented for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature, the accent being on Service. A recipient of the award, then, will have given service well beyond his or her professional association with children’s literature. Such service may have come in one or more ways:

  • Helping raise the standard of children’s literature through activities and vigorous work with the Children’s Book Council and other associated organisations
  • Raising consciousness of the value of literature to children through speaking to or working with parents’ groups and community organisations
  • Bringing literature to children themselves—working in schools, through literary dinners or luncheons, club activities, Children’s Book Week activities
  • Raising standards through involvement in awards—judging, chairing, promoting
  • Writing, lecturing, debating on areas of children’s literature, organising seminars and conferences relating to children’s literature
  • Personal and professional assistance and encouragement to writers, illustrators and publishers of children’s books
  • Being a resource person for the community i.e. a bookseller, teacher, librarian to whom parents and interested persons turn for information, guidance and advice.