After forty-three years in the industry, Brenda Gardner, Publisher of Piccadilly Press, has decided it is time to step back and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. Brenda set up Piccadilly Press in July 1983 and the company was nominated three times for the IPG Children’s Award. Piccadilly Press won the award in 2009 and Brenda won the Pandora Award in 1999.
Brenda is known for giving many authors their start – Louise Rennison, Malorie Blackman, Cathy Hopkins to name but a few, and she also published many high profile authors such as Anne Fine, Helen Cresswell, and Jeanne Willis.
Brenda leaves Bonnier Publishing Fiction at the beginning of July and a party will be held to celebrate her many successful years within the industry the same month.
Brenda Gardner commented: –
“I have truly enjoyed my time in children’s publishing and would like to thank all of our authors, illustrators and everyone who has contributed to the success of Piccadilly Press over the years. With the 2013 sale of Piccadilly Press to Bonnier Publishing and the recent formation of a dedicated Fiction Division, I feel Piccadilly Press has a good home. Piccadilly Press has renewed energy, dedicated editors and staff and a new editorial direction and I’m looking forward to watching its future development.”
Richard Johnson, CEO of Bonnier Publishing said: –
“Brenda has been a consummate professional and her contribution to children’s publishing has provided thousands of children with great stories that are still being read today. We wish Brenda well for the future and look forward to joining her in celebrating what has been a magnificent career.”