Winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing 2024

Joseph Coelho’s The Boy Lost in the Maze is the winner of the Yoto Carnegie medal for Writing 2024. In his acceptance speech, Coelho, the current Children’s Laureate, paid tribute to librarians.

“I am absolutely delighted to be the recipient of this year’s Carnegie Medal for Writing. The Boy Lost in the Maze is a novel that means a great deal to me and so to have it recognised by the UK’s, if not the world’s, most prestigious award for children’s literature feels particularly special.  

During my tenure as Laureate, I had the pleasure of joining a library in every local authority in the UK, meeting librarians and patrons of libraries on buses, in converted flats, and in gorgeous Carnegie buildings. The one thing that has been consistent between all libraries has been the passion, skill and creativity of the librarians. Through their essential work they are tackling social isolation, providing access to essential services and of course creating the readers of the future. I feel completely honoured that it is librarians who have deemed The Boy Lost in the Maze as worthy of a Carnegie medal and will forever be grateful to the team at Otter-Barry Books, illustrator Kate Milner and my agent Caroline Sheldon for helping me bring this story to bookshelves and into the hands of readers.” 

You might also be interested in this interview for In The Reading Corner, in which Joseph Coelho talks with Nikki Gamble about his novel told in poems, The Girl Who Became a Tree.