A few things today.
First, and most importantly – I have spent a good amount of time over the past couple of days with the entries for my 150 Words Competition. It’s taken me a little longer to get through them than I’d expected, quite simply, because there were loads more entries than I’d expected to get – and the standard of them was hugely pleasing. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write something for it – even if you haven’t won you’ve definitely given me good stuff to read. I’ll be announcing the runners-up and the winner very soon (who should also expect an email over he next day or so), but for now HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who’s made the long list. Which is as follows …
Cobnuts – Sherri Turner
Jack Beamed – Helem Somers
Peeled – Liz Hedgecock
Quercus Robur – Simon Nicholls
Williwaw Shores – Saxon Pepperdine
If a Tree Falls – Hannah Coyle
Cherie – P.N. Warnes
Tree Love – Olivia Templeton
Levelled – Karen Ashe
Profligate – Melissa Fu
Barcodes – Rachel J Fenton
Hurricane Ivy Was Passing Through – Suzie Burnett
1,ooo Leaves – Rosie Lewis
Maple and Basil – Downith Monaghan
In other news (and I know this is very late) – a couple of weeks ago I was handing out the books to the younger writers I’d been working with at Ecclesall Library. It was, as these things tend to be, a hugely enjoyable few days and we really did produce some excellent work. And student journalist Jack Denisov was good enough to come along – here’s his write-up over at the Southwest Report. Enormous thanks to him for that, and to all at The Library Service and the fab library’s staff.
Last, for now, is just a wee reminder that you still have a couple of days to be in with a chance to win a signed copy of Beautiful Trees over at the super-brilliant (and I really mean that) Bookmonster’s place.
That’s definitely enough for now (not least because Im’ trying to back things up and everything’s running at half speed). More soon.