Here’s a picture where it looks like I’m singing – in fact I’m thanking everyone on the judging panel, my family and friends, and Queen’s Ferry Press (and Erin McKnight in particular). What an amazing evening – with Michel Faber justly winning both Fiction Book of the Year and Book of the Year overall, with a deeply moving speech about grief and welcome. Here’s a good article on the win, with a bit about mine and Ryan Van Winkle’s win for Poetry Book of the Year as well.
Here’s a rather blurry photo taken on the night.
If you’d like to read On the Edges of Vision, it’s available here on the publisher’s website, and there are copies in various bookshops around Scotland. I’m hoping it will be more widely available soon!
I met so many fantastic people last night, from shortlistees, publishing folk, the panel and the winners (particularly chuffed at a hug from Faber himself, and his rallying cry on short stories!). Today I’m off to buy up some newspapers with the coverage, and to recover a little from all this excitement!