I am re-posting the letter below as many people haven't heard the news about Carousel.
An update to the letter is that Heather, our designer sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago. The news was totally unexpected and we were shocked to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Richard, her husband.
The new issue has been sent off to the printers. Our new designer worked solidly for a fortnight to complete Heather's work.
This is the link to the subscriptions page of our website. http://www.carouselguide.co.uk/subscriptions.html
We will be dispatching the new issue in the next week or so.
Dear Subscriber/ Supporter,
Twenty-one years ago, Jenny and I launched the first edition of Carousel Magazine arising from our passion for quality children’s books and our belief that every child has the right to be presented with books that are both appropriate and stimulating. Over the years we have been able to introduce successive generations to exciting new authors and illustrators and be a source of information for people who have an enthusiasm for, and work in, the world of children’s books. Today, Carousel is currently the only print magazine about children’s books in the UK. Something we can be rightly proud of.
A set of circumstances has arisen which has resulted in Jenny and I deciding it is time to pass on the running of the magazine. Our designer, who for ten years has produced an attractive and a visually stimulating magazine, has reluctantly decided to step down owing to health issues. Coincidentally, we have had to urgently seek a new office space. Thankfully, two of our existing editors, Elaine & Dave Chant, have agreed to steer the magazine through this difficult time with a view to enabling it to thrive and continue to be an important resource within the children’s book world.
Our existing editorial team will continue with some new additions. Alongside Elaine & Dave, Sinead and Martin Kromer remain with us and, importantly, will continue to manage the review pages. We will be joined by Debbie Wiggett who will look after finance, and Louise Stothard who is a member of the national executive of The Federation of Children’s Book Groups. We will shortly be announcing further additions to supplement the range of expertise we currently enjoy. I will continue to be part of the team and supervise the transition.
This is a significant time for Carousel magazine and has necessitated some changes to the publication dates for this current year which will have some implications for our many loyal supporters. Issue 62 will now appear in May as a slightly enlarged Spring/Summer edition. The following issue 63 will be the Autumn edition which will bring us back to the normal date of publication. For Carousel subscribers, this will mean your subscription will continue for one additional issue.
From 1st April, there will be a new Carousel Office. The new contact details are:
Thank you very much for your loyalty and enthusiasm over the years. We very much hope that this will continue. If you do not subscribe to Carousel - for whatever reason - we would urge you to do so now, and also to recommend it to other interested people.
Jenny & David Blanch