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Lady Cutler Award

The Children’s Book Council of Australia NSW Branch is pleased to announce that Karen Jameyson  has been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the LADY CUTLER AWARD.

Karen has devoted her life to the promotion and dissemination of great children’s literature. Through her editing, reviewing, advocacy, volunteer work and writing, Karen has enriched and supported the work of Australian children’s author’s and illustrators and promoted their work internationally.Karen’s passion for children and their reading has been a feature of her role at The School Magazine where she has liaised with publishers and publicists to select forty books each year for the School Magazine’s Bookshelf section.
Each month student readers have eagerly turned to the Bookshelf section first to see what book is being featured and to race to the library to borrow. According to Tohby Riddle, Karen  has brought “a keen and knowledgeable eye for quality” to this task.  Her enthusiasm for authors and illustrators, both emerging and well known and her relationship with publishers knows no bounds.
She has supported the CBCA since her arrival in Australia, joining the NSW Branch committee and volunteering on national conference committees. 
Most recently Karen has been a key contributor to the revitalisation of IBBY Australia. IBBY Australia President Robin Morrow comments: “Karen is a quiet but strong member of the committee offering wise advice and practical hard work, as well as her deep knowledge of literature. We all value her collegiate spirit and friendship.”

Karen Jameyson | 2018 Lady Cutler Award Recipient

Karen Jameyson with Lady Cutler Award Certificate | 2018

Karen Jameyson 2018 Lady Cutler Award winner with Nominator Ursula Dubosarsky

Karen Jameyson 2018 Recipient 
Lady Cutler Award

Karen Jameyson with Lady Cutler Award Certificate 

Karen Jameyson 2018 Lady Cutler Awardee with Ursula Dubosarsky

Coming soon:
View Ursula Dubosarsky giving the citation outlining Karen Jameyson's nomination for the Lady Cutler Award
View Karen Jameyson's response 

Silhouette image of Lady Cutler used for Lady Cutler AwardThe Lady Cutler Award commemorates the contribution to the Children’s Book Council NSW Branch by Lady Helen Cutler.

        • Please consider nominating someone for this prestigious award.
        • Nominations close July 31, 2018
        • Nominations should be submitted on the official Nomination Form
        • Please read the Advice to Nominators carefully before entering

The award is presented at The Lady Cutler Event.

The CBCA NSW Lady Cutler Award is a biennial award administered by the CBCA NSW Branch for distinguished service to Children's Literature. It commemorates the contribution to the Children's Book Council NSW Branch by its first patron, Lady Helen Cutler.

Historical Information

Lady Cutler (AC, DStJ, CStJ) was the first patron of the Children’s Book Council NSW Branch, accepting the appointment in 1966, when her husband Sir Roden Cutler became Governor of New South Wales.

Photograph of Lady Cutler, first Patron of CBCA NSW

  • Lady Cutler continued as Patron of the CBCA NSW Branch until her death in 1990.
  • Lady Cutler saw her role as one of service to the community. She recognised the needs of children and encouraged CBCA NSW Branch members to advance the cause of children's literature throughout the state.
  • Lady Cutler had an abiding interest in children and children’s literature and she and Sir Roden were regular visitors to Book Week celebrations, enjoying in particular the children and their spontaneous lack of ceremony.
  • Lady Cutler is pictured on the occasion of being Invested with the Companion of the Order of Australia in 1980.

 Lady Cutler saw her role as one of service to the community.


  • While many have made a significant contribution in this area, their work is often unrecognised, so, in 1981 the CBCA NSW Branch, headed by then President Eddie Coffey, inaugurated the Lady Cutler Award, with sponsorship from Hodder & Stoughton.
  • From 2012 the award came the full circle, with Eddie Coffey sponsoring this award in the name of book publisher and distributor, Peribo.

  • Logo for Peribo Bookshop



For further information about the Lady Cutler Award click on the links below:


The recipient of the 2016 Lady Cutler Award was Paul Macdonald.
Read about Paul's achievements here.






The 2015 Lady Cutler Award presentation