Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Bread and Roses... and Little Rebels... and the winners are...

The 2013 Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing, for the best radical book published in 2012 goes to Scattered Sand: the story of China's rural migrants by Hsiao-Hung Pai, published by Verso. The winner was announced on Saturday at the new London Radical Bookfair organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers. Unfortunately Hsiao-Hung was ill on the day, but the award was accepted on her behalf by Sarah Shin from Verso.

 The winner will receive a cheque for £500. Scattered Sand is essential reading for anyone interested in how the economy of a quarter of the world works. The author is not an outside commentator, but was able to travel throughout China, and her books give voice to the millions of internal and international migrants on whom the country depends. Nina Power, speaking for the judges, said that the book was their unanimous and clear choice.
This year, only the second year of the project, saw the inaugural Little Rebels prize, for radical children's books. The winner of this section was Sarah Garland for her book Azzi in Between, published by Frances Lincoln, which was written and illustrated by the author. The award was presented by Bookstart founder, Wendy Cooling and included a framed picture of "little rebels" by Guardian cartoonist Ros Asquith. The Little Rebels section was organised by Letterbox Library, a member of the Alliance. Sarah will also receive a cheque for £500.

Her book is a short graphic novel which details one family's escape from a country at war and their adjustment to life in a new country. The book is endorsed by Amnesty International in the UK and is aimed at children aged 7-11.
The full shortlists for both prizes, information on the judges and the Awards, appears on and
The Trustees of the Award (Nik Gorecki from Housmans Bookshop in London, Mandy Vere from News from Nowhere Bookshop in Liverpool and Ross Bradshaw from Five Leaves Publications in Nottingham) would like to thank all the authors and publishers who submitted books.
The Trustees hope to include a third, young adult, section next year.
For further information on either award please contact
Submission information for books published in 2013 will be announced later this year.
The two awards were presented at the first London Radical Bookfair, held at Conway Hall on Saturday 11th May, which looks set to become an annual event. For details of next year's event please contact Ross Bradshaw via

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