A quick interruption of the 16 Days of Activism posts I’ve been doing for some happier news.
My book The Art of Falling was awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize yesterday.
The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize is awarded to a poetry book one year and a novel the next.
I’ve been in London for the last couple of days – on Wednesday evening I went for dinner with my husband and my lovely editor at Seren, Amy Wack, and her husband.
Yesterday at lunchtime we went to the Faber offices and I was presented with the prize. It was a really lovely event – I just had to read one poem from the book. Everyone was really friendly.
I also did an interview over the phone with The Guardian, which happened so quickly that there wasn’t much time to get nervous about it – you can read the article here
The judges this year were Gillian Clarke, Katharine Towers and Tom Gatti.
You can read the judges report here:
To be honest, I’m still in a state of disbelief. Obviously the prize money is very nice, but I was really touched by the judges comments, and particularly Gillian’s lovely speech at the event, which made my mum and dad cry!
I also wanted to say thank you to all the lovely people who have been sending messages, commenting on Facebook, tweeting on Twitter, texting, emailing to say congratulations. I really do appreciate all of the messages.
Here are some photos from my London adventure