We’re absolutely delighted that our very own Kate Wilson, Managing Director and co-founder of Nosy Crow, has been shortlisted for this year’s Woman & Home Amazing Women Awards in the ‘Smashing the Glass Ceiling’ category!
The W&H Amazing Women Awards showcase the incredible achievements of women who, in midlife, “continue to overcome obstacles, defy expectations, and alter perceptions.” This year, finalists are shortlisted across three categories – Brand New Directions, Smashing the Glass Ceiling, and Changing our Country – and it’s wonderful to see Kate’s achievements recognised.
The awards team highlighted Kate’s success as a co-founder of Nosy Crow, which is currently celebrating its 10th year of publishing: “Starting with a handful of books 10 years ago, Nosy Crow now publishes 120 titles a year and generated £22m ($30m) in 2020.” It also recognised the company’s “innovative approach, including its Stories Aloud initiative, which provides free audio versions of all its picture books”, as well as partnerships with the National Trust and the British Museum.
Kate said: “In Nosy Crow, we have been able to build an organization from scratch, and being an independent company means that we’re not in thrall to corporate finances. I love being able to do what we think is the right thing.
“We published Coronavirus: A Book for Children about Covid-19, illustrated by The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, as a free e-book three weeks after the first lockdown. It’s been viewed millions of times and there’s now a print edition. We are passing the profit from that to NHS Charities Together.
“We think hugely carefully about the messages we are giving to children – books are powerful because they shape minds!”
You can read more about the awards and see the full list of finalists, here. Congratulations Kate – and best of luck!