Before we even begin, my warmest thanks to the Society of Authors. Even knowing that an organisation like this exists makes me feel that little bit calmer. Or it would do had they not got in touch recently –
Ecstatic, I am.
To this year’s judges Moniza Alvi, Polly Clark, John Greening, Sophie Hannah, Adam O’Riordan and Carol Rumens, my sincere and sincerely bewildered gratitude.
Congratulations to my fellow award winners: Jon Stone, Sophie F Baker, Caleb Klaces, Rachael Madeleine Nicholas, Joey Connelly and Phoebe Power. It was an honour to nestle amongst you:
The quick answer? We are all heading to the Ledbury Poetry Festival on the 6th July where we will be dashing poems about between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. You can book tickets if you fancy catching an earful then. Call the box office on 0845 458 1743.
The long answer? That’s the exciting bit.
Thanks to Eric Gregory and the generosity of those people who support writers and artists where they can.
So that’s thanks also to you for stopping by, for cooking me dinner, for lending me your book. That counts too.