The awards for The Cheltenham Prize were presented at the Suffolk Anthology bookshop in Cheltenham last Sunday (9th October). Kim Fleet presented the cash prizes and Helene Hewett presented the book tokens for the runners-up.
You will find the judge’s report on the appropriate page on this blog, followed by my report as organiser. The judge’s report doesn’t name the prizewinners as the entries were judged anonymously, but as you can see from my previous post the overall winner was Robert Smith of Glagow and the best entry from a GL postcode was Belinda Rimmer of Bishops Cleeve. Pam Turner and Christine Griffin were the runners-up.
Robert’s entry, The Quality of Mercy, and Belinda’s entry Banksy each have a page to themselves and although the runners up didn’t get a chance to read at the Awards their entries, Two-way Street (Pam Turner) and on A Clear Day (Christine Griffin) are also published here.
Yes it’s happening! The Cheltenham Prize awards will be presented here in Cheltenham on the first Sunday of the Festival of Literature, that is Sunday 9 October at 4 p.m. at The Suffolk Anthology, Cheltenham’s independent bookshop at 17 Suffolk Parade. Suffolk Parade is just off Suffolk Square just south of the town centre and the bookshop is next to the Festival ticket office.
The cash prizes (£100 for the overall winner and £50 for the best entry from a GL postcode) will be presented by local author Kim Fleet (see http://busywords.wordpress.com/meet-kim-fleet) and the book tokens for the runners-up will be presented by the bookshop proprietor, Helene Hewett.
There will be readings from the winning entries, either in person or by myself or a fellow member of Cheltenham Writers’ Circle and I will deliver the Judge’s Report – which is quite short but very complimentary to all the entrants. Tea and cake will be available and all are welcome without charge. The event should be over by 5 p.m., leaving you time to fit in another event at the Festival.
The prizewinners will be announced shortly and after they have been notified individually the names will be published on this site along with the judge’s report.