About the Ruth Rendell Award
The Ruth Rendell Award honours the author or writer who has had the most significant influence on literacy in the UK in the past year.
The award was launched in 2016 by the National Literacy Trust and the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) in honour of the author Ruth Rendell, who tirelessly championed literacy throughout her lifetime and supported the National Literacy Trust since its foundation in 1993.
Karl Nova wins the Ruth Rendell Award 2020!
Although many, many wonderful and dedicated writers were nominated this year, the judges were unanimous in their decision to award Karl Nova, whose debut book, Rhythm and Poetry won the CLiPPA poetry prize 2018, this year’s Ruth Rendell Award.
Karl’s unwavering commitment to continuing and furthering his work to inspire young readers and writers through his creative writing workshops, talks and poetry continued during lockdown through digital channels which enabled him to reach children and young people all over the UK and beyond.
In the last year, Karl has given his time to over 75 different visits to schools, organisations and festivals, both in person and virtually, to inspire young readers and writers and has fuelled his advocacy for equality.