Diverse Voices Award

Scope and Content

Draft material relating to the winning entries for the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award in the years 2009 to 2011 - 'Takeshita Demons' by Cristy Burne, 'Too Much Trouble' by Tom Avery and 'Om Shanti, Babe' by Helen Limon. All three of these winning entries were subsequently published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, and the material in the collection relates to both the competition entries and the subsequent published books.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices award was founded jointly in 2009 by Frances Lincoln Limited and Seven Stories, in memory of Frances Lincoln (1945-2001) to encourage and promote diversity in children's fiction, and to promote new writing for children, especially by or about people whose culture and voice is under-represented. The prize of £1,500, plus the option for Frances Lincoln Children's Books to publish the novel, is awarded to the best work of unpublished fiction for 8-12 year olds by a writer aged 16 years or over, who has not previously published a novel for children.

The material in this collection documents the creation, and subsequent publication, of the winning entries in the years 2009-2011.


Material is arranged into three series, by title, as follows:

DV/01 'Takeshita Demons', Cristy Burne

DV/02 'Too Much Trouble', Tom Avery

DV/03 'Om Shanti, Babe', Helen Limon

Access Information

Accessible to all researchers, by appointment only.

Archivist's Note

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books, was established as a registered charity and company limited by guarantee in 1996, with the aims of preserving, maintaining and adding to a growing and accessible collection of archival material, artwork and printed books relating to modern British children's literature. The collection is intended to form part of the national heritage in an archive and library of present and future historical interest for the public benefit. (See Memorandum of Association)

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in all original material resides with the creator.

Custodial History

Material relating to 'Takeshita Demons' was donated to Seven Stories by Cristy Burne in 2011. Material relating to 'Too Much Trouble' was donated to Seven Stories by Tom Avery in 2011. Material relating to 'Om Shanti, Babe' was donated to Seven Stories by Helen Limon in 2012.