I’m thrilled to have heard that I’ve been awarded joint first prize in the adult poetry section of the 2010/11 Neil Gunn Writing Competition. It’s a biennial competition, organised by The Highland Council and the Neil Gunn Trust and this time, the theme was ‘A Wrong Turning’, inspired by a quote from Gunn’s Highland River – ‘Our river took a wrong turning somewhere! But we haven’t forgotten the source.’
The award ceremony was in Inverness last Tuesday and, sadly, I wasn’t able to get there, but a lovely certificate and a very delicious prizewinning cheque arrived through the post this morning. I’ve entered so few poetry competitions this year – just two, I think – so I feel especially lucky to have had such good news about this one.