Chris Beckett (Judge) and Jeremy Dyson
Jeremy Dyson of League of Gentlemen fame won the Edge Hill Prize last night in London. And Robert Shearman won the Readers' Prize. Congrats to both.
We dashed to London from the West Cork Lit Fest and dashed back this morning for my class. The event took place in Blackwell's book shop on the incomparable Charing Cross Road, a stone's throw from where number 84 once plied its trade. Now a Pizza Hut, sadly.
Nuala, Elizabeth Baines & Jen Hamilton-Emery
There was wine, there was cake, there were writers. AL Kennedy didn't show but the rest of us 'listees were there (we got compensatory Parker pens and Edge Hill flash drives) and we chatted and drank and adjourned afterwards to The Phoenix artists' club across the lane. Briefly in our case as our darling Juno was hot and tired so we left. It was great to chat, however shortly, to Elizabeth Baines, Jen Hamilton-Emery, Adam Marek and Rob Shearman.
Robert Shearman accepting the Readers' Prize
Nuala and Jeremy, signing his book for my sister - his number one fan!