Runner-up ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award

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A few weeks ago, when I was shortlisted for the ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award, I said I was thrilled, honoured and that it was quite unexpected.

It’s hard to find more words to describe how I feel to be named as the runner-up of the prize, but possibly ‘over the moon’ will do!

With such talent on the shortlist and such accomplished writers judging it, I honestly didn’t think I would get any further, and, as I’ve always said, being shortlisted for a competition or submission is a significant achievement, which in itself must be applauded. Well done to all!

In previous years, the Society of Authors held a ceremony in London to announce the results of the various Awards, hosted by names such as Jackie Kay and Stephen Fry. Sadly, this was one of many such celebrations to fall by the wayside, on account of COVID-19, so the organisation opted to hold an online event in its place, working hard to make it as much of an occasion. (Thanks to them for that.)

One advantage of this (besides my not having to panic about what to wear) is that everyone can watch the announcements… again and again!

Here’s a link to the entire programme, with an introduction by Joanne Harris, chair of the SoA’s management committee.

And here’s the announcement of the ALCS Tom-Gallon, with a short video of myself, followed by one from the winner, Wendy Riley.

It’s good to see the garden looking so nice!

Very many congratulations to Wendy. I look forward to having the opportunity to read her story.

As I’ve mentioned before, my story, ‘Whale Watching’, is included in my collection, ‘Trouble Crossing the Bridge’, due out on the 3rd July, published by Chaffinch Press ( ), available for pre-order now.

Thank you to the Royal Society of Authors, ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust, judges Stuart Evers and Michelle Roberts, and camera-man/director, David Powell.

And I think it will be quite a while before I come back down to earth.