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Dick King-Smith and Lauren Child on New Year Honours List

31st December 2009

Members of the literary and arts worlds are among those recognised in the New Year Honours List 2010.

The list is published to celebrate those who have provided 'outstanding achievement and service' to the country over the past 12 months and features 979 people, many of them local heroes.

Children's author Dick King-Smith, Charlie & Lola writer Lauren Child, performance poet Lemn Sissay and Helen Fraser, former managing director of Penguin UK, are among the members of the literary world singled out for honours.

David Nixon, artistic director of the Northern Ballet Theatre, painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling, opera singer Sarah Connolly and Victoria and Albert Museum director Mark Jones have also been recognised.

Other luminaries appearing on the list include Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button, actor Patrick Stewart and rugby legend Ian McGeechan.

Last year, the New Year Honours List included a knighthood for Discworld author Terry Pratchett, while rock singer Robert Plant, jazz musician Courtney Pine and Lady Marina Vaizey, a prominent figure in the arts world, were also recognised.

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