Press Release: Moves and Promotions
Tamarind Publisher Verna Wilkins To Retire At RHCB
Posted at 12:09PM Friday 30 Oct 2009
Random House Children's Books is sad to announce that Verna Wilkins, Publisher of Tamarind, will be retiring as of this week. When RHCB acquired the Tamarind list in 2007, Verna kindly agreed stay on until the imprint was properly established at RHCB and a successor had been recruited.
Verna's achievements over 20 years or more in establishing the Tamarind list are well known and were recognised by the industry when she was presented with the Decibel British Book Award in 2008. Tamarind books are regularly selected for reading initiatives in schools and, as a member of the all Party Parliamentary Group for Publishing, Verna is widely consulted by government agencies on literacy issues.
Philippa Dickinson, MD RHCB comments:
"Verna's achievements in starting and running Tamarind Books are well known and I have enjoyed working with her over the last couple of years to get the list bedded in here at RHCB. I'm delighted to be able to say that while we wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement, we will continue to have a relationship with her as a consultant to Tamarind Books into 2010."
Verna Wilkins comments:
"Tamarind's acquisition by RHCB has proved to be an excellent move forward. I am delighted that the list has grown from three or four books a year to ten. It's a great opportunity to work on exciting and innovative books with expert help from design, production, publicity and all the other excellent facilities offered within the corporate environment. I take this opportunity to thank my colleagues at RHCB for their support and friendship and in particular Philippa Dickinson for taking on the Tamarind list and working for its success. I leave, confident in the knowledge that the list is in the safe hands of Patsy Isles who has my continued support."
RHCB is delighted to announce that Patsy Isles has joined the company as the new Tamarind Commissioning Editor. Patsy has a wide range of experience in publishing and journalism, including HarperCollins where she was based in the Voyager editorial team. Patsy is also a published author in her own right.
Patsy Isles comments:
"My daughter's first books were Tamarind titles more than 16 years ago so, as a mother, I already feel I have a strong relationship with the list. But what is exciting now is the prospect of guiding Tamarind through the next stage of its development. We have fantastic books for all children, and a list that continues to go from strength to strength."
Verna, Patsy and Chimaechi Ochei, Publishing Assistant, are celebrating a successful month after delivering a full programme of activities for Black History Month in October.
Verna will continue to work with RHCB as a consultant, liaising with external agencies.