Listening to: Lifehouse
Reading: next on my TBR pile
Yesterday was the very first East Anglian Book Awards and I was delighted to be on the shortlist. Around 50 people were in the Jarrolds restaurant last night for the award presentation, very nicely done by Keith Skipper (who always gives a great talk).
I didn’t win (and, let’s face it, two awards in a year would be a bit greedy!), but I was very pleased that my friend Carol Twinch was a winner with her book ‘The Little Book of Suffolk’. Here’s Carol with Keith (and her winner's plaque!).
The overall winner was Carol Birch with ‘Scapegallows’; runner-up was Ronald Blythe with ‘Field Work’. Other category winners were Andrew Humphrey with ‘Other Voices’, Peter Haining with ‘Norfolk Broads: The Golden Years’ and Patrick Boswell with ‘Boswell’s Norwich’.
The ‘Classic’ book award was won by LP Hartley’s ‘The Go Between’ (a very good book, made into a beautiful film with lovely Julie Christie).
And here are all the winners with the judges and the awards sponsors.
I think everyone really enjoyed the evening, and I was chuffed to bits being able to bask in my friend’s reflected glory!
Plans for today: morning in the library, doing research; and then at lunchtime I’m 0n BBC Radio Norfolk, talking to lovely Graham Barnard and Karen Buchanan on their ‘Ladies at Lunch’ spot.