Events and Meetings in 2010-2011
The Vote and Announcement
Waverton Carnival on 3rd July yet again provided a beautiful day for the count and the announcement. The pictures below show the announcement of the winner by Richard Taylor of NNL, and the Childen's Award by one of the young readers.
At our final meeting of the 2010/11 season Sunjeev Sahota spoke about his debut novel "Ours Are The Streets" which describes the experiences of a young British Muslim who is being radicalised. Sunjeev described his passage from someone who read his first novel at 18, via a degree in Mathematics, to writing and publishing his acclaimed novel only seven years later.
Our third meeting, and the first of 2011, was addressed by Dan Smith author of "Dry Season". While talking about his book, Dan showed slides of the remote Matto Grosso region of Brazil where the novel is set.
The second meeting of the season was on 15th November, when Emma Henderson described her experience writing "Grace Williams Says it Loud" over a period of several decades. Emma movingly described the inspiration she had drawn from her own sister and family.
The first meeting of the 2010-11 award season was on 13th September. Our speaker was Myrrha Stanford-Smith, who has just had her first novel, "The Great Lie", published at the age of 82. Myrrha spoke about her experiences in the theatre, her love of Shakespeare and Marlowe, and the writing of her trilogy, of which The Great Lie is the first. Some pictures of the event follow:
The Awards Dinner was held at Eaton Golf Club on Friday 29th October. The dinner had a Ugandan theme, to link with the setting for "Ghosts of Eden" by the winner Andrew Sharp. The evening was introduced by John Scrivener and culminated with the Lord Mayor's presentation to Andrew Sharp of the winner's cheque and trophy. Thanks were recorded for this year's sponsorship from NNL and Urenco. Some pictures follow.