I didn't think winning the Annie Deeny Prize this year could be topped, but a phone call on Tuesday persuaded me otherwise: 2nd prize in Scotland's biggest poetry competition, the Wigtown! I'm sure the caller thought I was a bit daft, as I really wasn't taking in what he was saying to me. It took a few goes :)
I've been walking on air ever since - getting that far up in a competition of that calibre is a Pretty Big Deal to me. I believe the entries are sift-read first, so to even get through to be read by Douglas Dunn was an achievement... but then to go on to be placed!
I keep thinking it's some sort of mad dream ... and then I remember it is true. It augurs very well for this proposed second collection that I am working on and just shows, if you keep on battering on the doors of these things, who knows what might happen?
I'm looking forward to attending the presentation on Saturday 2nd May, as well as seeing a part of Scotland that I might not have got to see before, as well as meeting the other prize winners.
Meantime, you can read the winners here.