PATRICK HARDY (1936-1987) joined Constable Young Books as Grace Hogarth’s assistant, where he succeeded Grace as Editor. Constable Young Books then became Longman Young Books and from there Patrick transferred, with his list, to Penguin, where he founded Kestrel Books. Between 1982 and 1985 he ran his own company, maintaining the high standards he had always set himself.
November 1989 saw the very first inaugural Patrick Hardy Lecture, given in the form of a dialogue between Jill Paton Walsh and John Rowe Townsend. These series of lectures have continued, occurring annually, with honoured speakers from the world of children’s books such as Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz and Meg Rosoff.
2017Elizabeth Laird Find a Story, Live a Story, Tell a Story
2016Jo Hanks and Thomas Merrington Beatrix Potter at 150: Keeping Her Legacy Alive
2015 LaurenSt John
In Defence of Childhood Freedoms
2014 Juno Dawson
Books About Us
2013 Lauren Child Worry No. 1: Infinity
2012 Marion Lloyd Throwing Off the Invisibility Cloak