Awards, Awards!

I’ve been in London a couple of times this past two weeks, and both for wonderful things.

Last week I was at the BBC’s Broadcasting House for the BBC Young Writer’ Award/Short Story awards. It’s the second time I’ve been and this time was extra special, and I mean really special because Georgie Woodhead a member of Hive’s Sheffield Young Writers won! She is, officially, the BBC’s young writer of the year and, honestly, I can’t tell you how happy and proud I am. It’s always a great thing when you see someone talented, humble, and absolutely committed to writing, getting good things. All of the shortlisted stories were terrific in their own right, and simply being in that top five is an achievement enough – so a huge congratulations to everyone involved.

You can read more about it, and the other shortlisted stories, here.

And, in more brilliant Hive news, the equally lovely and brilliant Lauren Hollinsgworth-Smith is the Foyle Young Poet of the Year – read more about that here.

And here we are, post-awards, celebrating with mum.

I was at the other end of London, at The Ideas Store at Whitechapel library, a week or two earlier, being a judge and being a part of celebrating Streetcake’s Experimental Writing Prize. It was a terrific night, as you’d expect, filled with brilliant readings of wonderful fictions and poems (and a big shout out to the Streetcake team for making it all happen!).

The anthology of winning work IS AVAILABLE NOW. It’s 100% worth buying, not only to enjoy what’s inside, but also to get a feel for the sort of things that have done well. Streetcake are open to submissions at the moment – if you’re thinking of sending them something (and you should!) then a little extra research can go a long way.

Also brilliant to see First Story being represented, both at the BBC as partners and with one of their alumni as one of the Streetcake winners. A good couple of weeks.

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