Your humble blogger had a lovely time at the Hamilton Literary Arts Awards last night.
Well, as lovely a time one can have losing.
Shirts and Skins had been shortlisted along with A Private Man by Chris Laing and The Fishers of Paradise by Rachael Preston for the Hamilton Arts Council’s Kerry Schooley Award. And when all was said and done, it was the wonderful Rachael Preston that took home the award.
But I can’t complain.
To be honest (it really is true what six-time-Oscar-nominated but never-won Deborah Kerr said) it really was an honour just to be nominated – especially being in such company as Chris and Rachael. It was also a thrill to meet Sky Gilbert – who has made Hamilton his home.
Other nominees included:
The finalists for the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Non-fiction: Hamilton Illustrated by David Collier, Haunted Hamilton by Mark Leslie and Empty Cradle by Diana Walsh.
The finalists for the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Fiction: Come Back by Sky Gilbert, Sleeping Funny by Miranda Hill and Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy
Yes, it was fun night.
Have a look…
A big thank-you to the Hamilton Arts Council!
Jeffrey, The Gay Groom