Barry Hines Memorial Statue Project

Barry Hines was a Barnsley-born writer, who penned one of the most iconic novels in living memory – a Kestrel for a Knave. ‘Kes’ is known to people of all ages, all over the world and the reason why he deserves the best accolade we can give him for his services to literature. Barry was an inspirational teacher in and out of the classroom and many authors who came after him claim him as a massive influence. His townsfolk are raising funds to commemorate him with a statue featuring young Billy Casper and his kestrel, which would be placed in the heart of Barry’s homeland. We think a sculpture in honour of Barry is a magnificent way to celebrate him and will encourage generations to aim high, reach for the stars and catch them, as Barry himself did.

The Sculptor

Barnsley’s own Graham Ibbeson is the only sculptor to do it. You’ll be familiar with his famous Laurel and Hardy, Les Dawson, Eric Morecambe, Dickie Bird, Victoria Wood statues amongst others.

The Location

The statue will find a temporary home in Barnsley’s new library.  We hope that one day it will stand in a central position as part of the massive regeneration of the town centre.  You will be able to view the statue in situ from early July 2019 onwards.

The Cost

It will cost £106,000 and we are on a mission to raise it pound by pound, though if you’re a business and wish to donate a rather large chunk, then thank you in advance, but we are grateful for any amount because everything donated takes us nearer to our goal.

Amount Raised

Barry Hines Memorial - 75% of target raised so far


26th June 2019

Who are we?

We are a group of enthusiastic volunteers whose lives have been touched in some way by Barry’s work. You can read more about the project, including how it got started, in the Overview section and you can see who we are in the Members area.

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