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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An overnight success - after 52 years #amwriting

I hate banging on and blowing my own trumpet. It's something that doesn't come naturally or easily to me. But I have to do it this time, I want to.

Today, Wednesday June 21 2017 was the UK's first National Writing Day and I have news to share. It's news that's been under embargo and I've been busting to share for weeks.

Tonight I'm in Nottingham at the beautiful Bromley House Library to read a story and collect an award. I've come 2nd place in the Writing East Midlands Aurora Writing Prize.

They received over 400 entries to this competition, so I feel honoured and bursting with pride at winning this amazing prize. The judges were acclaimed authors Penelope Shuttle and Jacob Ross.

My story - All the Young Dudes is a dark schoolgirl tale from the 1970s. I wrote it after my musical hero David Bowie died last year. All of the empty emotion I felt at that time poured into my work. All of the winning stories will be going live on the Writing East Midlands website in an e-anthology soon.

And secondly, I've also won the True Stories writing competition organised by The Word at South Shields.

Telly writer and competition judge Michael Chaplin
All 11 shortlisted short stories were read tonight in a special evening hosted by competition judge, Michael Chaplin, the TV writer. I couldn't be there as I was in Nottingham at the prize-giving, as outlined above.

I am 52 years old and have been writing for as long as I can remember. Finally I've become an overnight success... and I couldn't be happier.

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1 comment:

Tvor said...

Very proud of you! x

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