David Vaisey was the son of a Gloucestershire gardener who won scholarships to Rencomb College and Exeter College in Oxford. He went on to become Bodley’s Librarian from 1986 until 1996.
On Sunday 8 October at The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival David’s friend and celebrated playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett was delighted to announce that Brean Library were this winners the inaugural David Vaisey Prize. Longlevens, Matson and Tuffley and Brockworth were shortlisted and will each receive £1,000.
The annual prize, worth £5,000, recognises and rewards Gloucestershire’s most outstanding library initiative. Brean Library beat off stiff competition from 38 other libraries in Gloucestershire to take this prestigious award that gives public recognition to the value of libraries and their volunteer support.
Cheltenham Festivals Education Director Ali Mawle said
“Through our year round education programme and community work and the Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Festival we are always working to engage people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the excitement of reading. We are delighted to be involved with this award as our local libraries throughout Gloucestershire help us achieve our goal by demonstrating the power of reading, through borrowing, reading, discussion groups and encouraging community support.”
Alan Bennett previously commented:
”Libraries are for all ages-it is how my reading began and how my friend David’s did too. The David Vaisey Prize is well named celebrating as it does a life dedicated to libraries.”
For further details see www.davidvaiseyprize.co.uk