To say it’s been quite a week seems a little lacking in drama, but let me assure you it’s been an incredible couple of days. My weekend was spent meeting amazing bookstagramers from all over the globe in my home town of Hay-on-Wye. We celebrated books, independence, Good King Richard, Prince Derek and for one day only, the many wonders of Wayzgoose at a thrilling exhibition at Baskerville Hall – the brain child of Emma Balch. Could life get any better?
It seems the answer was YES!
On Monday, while I berated the lack of internet connection in the foot hills of the Black Mountains, my little poetry pamphlet FOUND ME was shortlisted for a literary award. The official email letting me know lay hidden under the cloak of those deflating words – “Trying To Connect”. Around 2pm I imagine a satellite dish angled itself around the curvature of the earth and gave me two bars of reception. It was just enough. My phone went berserk! A fit of pings, trings, vibrations and pops – I really thought a family emergency was on the cards! And then I read the email…..
“Congratulations! You have been shortlisted in the Best Poetry Pamphlet category for the 2017 Saboteur Awards!”
BOOM! An emotional roller coaster ensued!
There are quite a number of people who deserve my sincerest thanks, but someone very special is Susan Evans. Both a shortlisted and longlisted Saboteur Awards Best Performance Poet 2016 & 2017, Susan’s creative spirit, lively performances and infectious inspiration are one-in-a-million. If you’ve never seen her on stage, you have truly missed out. Not only that, Susan is an emphatic supporter of many charities and causes. She quite selflessly gives her time, energy and advocacy to promote and highlight inequalities.
I firmly believe without Susan’s momentous support and friendly kick-up-the-rear, I would not have been nominated or attained my place on the shortlist. Thank you Susan – literally, there not enough words. 🙂
Please vote for FOUND ME here —> CLICK
Shortlist voting has already started and will close on April 30th, so if you can, please vote for FOUND ME by Emma van Woerkom and it’s cause. My poetry pamphlet was published solely in support of keeping Hay-on-Wye library open and £1.00 from each copy sold (cover price just £3.00) donated to the library. HOWLs – the Hay-on-Wye Library Supporters assists and encourages the delivery and development of the library service within the local community, in partnership with other community groups. I’ll hoping to collect donations on May 13th at the Saboteur Awards ceremony in London.
a huge thank you to Hay Festival for being such an excellent source of inspiration. Many congratulations to everyone shortlisted & longlisted for a Saboteur Award. Thank you to Claire Lucille Trevien, Anna Jamieson and everyone at Sabotage Reviews. See you in London on May 13th! 🙂