Barry Hines Memorial Statue Project - Billy Casper hanging from crossbar

Barry was a terrific writer Kestrel for a Knave being his most famous novel, turned into the film ‘Kes’ by director Ken Loach.  Sadly he died in 2016 terribly ravaged by Alzheimers – one of the cruellest of diseases.  Any excess of money made will be donated to dementia charities and relevant local causes.

January 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book.  An ideal time to start the project to build a statue in his honour in bronze…

June 30th marks what would have been Barry’s 80th birthday.  In this his anniversary year we will have a Blue Plaque erected in his honour and a bronze statue for him on public display.

One of his ex-pupils, inspired by Barry to become a teacher himself, Ronnie Steele had the idea of building a statue in honour of Barry. A statue featuring the life-size, but very fragile, Billy Casper and his kestrel by our own Graham Ibbeson who was the only sculptor to do it, no one else is better (famous for doing the Les Dawson, Eric Morecambe, Dickie Bird, Victoria Wood statues amongst others).

The statue will be placed in Barnsley’s new  ‘Library at the Lightbox’ for the foreseeable future in Barnsley and there can be no more fitting tribute to a man who was a mighty force in literature. Everyone who has contributed is part of this community project.  Those people are able to say ‘I helped to build that for Barry.’ We were delighted that Willy Russell donated his appearance fee of over £1100 for appearing at Penistone Arts Week in March 2018 because he knew Barry and admired him and felt his loss greatly.

Please follow our progress on here, or on Twitter  (@BarryHinesStat1) and on Facebook ( – where we post details of fundraising events and news.

Should you wish to contribute a large or small amount… we have a PayPal option here. Or please check out the DONATIONS page for how to send in a cheque

If you donate £10 or over, please contact us and we will send you a certificate in appreciation.

If you would like to contact the group – please use the form on the main contact page or write to BarryHines50th@


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