Shirley Hughes16 July 1927 – 25 February 2022

An English author and illustrator. Shirley Hughes wrote and illustrated more than fifty books and illustrated more than two hundred. The books she authored, most famously Dogger and the Alfie series, were hugely popular with both parents and children and have sold more than 11.5 million copies world wide.

For Dogger Hughes was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal by the Library Association.

Hughes won a second Greenaway for Ella's Big Chance, her own adaptation of Cinderella, set in the 1920s..  It was published in the U.S. as Ella's Big Chance: A Jazz-Age Cinderella (Simon & Schuster). She was also a three-time Greenaway commended runner up: for Flutes and Cymbals: Poetry for the Young (1968), a collection compiled by Leonard Clark; for Helpers (Bodley Head) and for The Lion and the Unicorn (Bodley Head,).

In 1984, Hughes won the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished service to children's literature. In 1999 she was awarded an OBE ( order of the British Empire), and in 2000 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Booktrust, the UK's largest reading charity, awarded Hughes their first lifetime achievement award in 2015.

She was granted an Honorary Fellowship by Liverpool John Moores University and Honorary Degrees by the University of Liverpool and by the University of Chester.

Hughes was further honoured by being appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire  in the 2017  New Year Honours for services to literature.

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