Friday, 17 December 2010

East Midlands Book Award

Oooh, look.

The East Midlands Book Award 2010 nominations have been announced!

Scroll down the titles and what's that...

Surely, it couldn't be The Dawning?!?!?


How amazing is that!?!

Not that I've got a hope in hell of coming anywhere remotely close to the shortlist, but how exciting-wonderful just to see it there, amidst all those brilliant writers, those excellent works.

There's so much there that I've been wanting to read, along with several books that I've raved about already this year - Jon McGregor's haunting, revelatory Even the Dogs, Maria Allen's evocative historical emotional suspense, Before the Earthquake, Nigel Pickard's humorous, compassionate and unflinching novel of life and education, Attention Deficit...

I feel incredibly lucky for The Dawning to be slotted in between such stunning stories, such groundbreaking authors. And very, very fortunate to live in a region that produces, and now celebrates, such diverse, exciting writing.

Thank you EMBA. Thank you Weathervane.


Positively Calm said...

That is really, really fab, Megan.
So thrilled for you.
Still need to get my hands on it - i am so out of touch lol. I will though - How we were lost was spectacular and i plan to read it again soon. Am pretty sure i will find the same again.
Well I must admit i havent read others on the list either - but i reckon you have as good a chance as anyone else or they wouldn't have put you up for it to start with !! and if not then - it raises your profile :D
xxxxCath xxxx

Megan said...

Hello Cath!
How lovely to find you here - thank you tons for taking the trouble, and for being so kind and lovely and supportive.
Hope all is wonderful with you,

Rosalind Adam said...

Congratulations for making the list. Remember that making it onto the list is the big achievement. Reaching the shortlist is a matter of opinion on the part of the judges so revel in the glory and break open a bottle of something nice.

Megan said...

Thank you Rosalind! (and hello!) Yes, all good, and I never need much of an excuse to open a bottle (:

annie clarkson said...

That's brilliant Meg, very well deserved, I love The Dawning and maybe perhaps it has more of a chance of being shortlisted than you think xx

Megan said...

no, no, I know, not just wondering, but its truly lovely to be there amidst all those fantastic proper writers - I am dead chuffed - and even more lovely to be carried along on this lush warm wave of support.

Thank you Annie!!
m xxx

Ange Barton said...

You are a literary force to be reckoned with Megan! Many congratulations on being short-listed. I aspire to write as beautifully and imaginatively as you. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and have my fingers crossed for further success for you. Ange X

Megan said...

oh, Ange, thank you!!! WAY too kind

You have a lovely christmas too mrs xx