Seriously – WOW.
On behalf of the Reading Room Committee, I must say a few words of thanks to everyone who made last night such a remarkable occasion. To everyone who came and listened to the readings and shared in the evening; to the judges who all gave their time in both the selection process and to support us at the event itself; to the hotel staff for looking after us so well; to our sponsors for their support; to the committee members who give their time each and every day to help keep the reading room ticking along; to my wife, Max who helped organise the results of the competition in a way that I could never have done on my own (and who, in the excitement of the evening, I forgot to thanks – sorry); to every single one of you who sat down and wrote an entry for the competition; and to the winners who travelled somewhere in the region of 12500 miles round trip to be at the event. Without their huge effort, the evening wouldn’t have been so special.
I have, in the past 10 years, published and launched 2 novels of my own and yet I can honestly say that last night was almost certainly the most memorable literary event that I have ever attended.
Once again, on behalf of the committee – thank you.