Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ooh - another nearly made it

I just found out today (thanks Michael Farry!) that I got shortlisted for the Basil Bunting Award, the new poetry competition that was launched this year.

I was delighted for a number of reasons: well, validation being one of them, but Achieving the Lotus Gait, is part of a longer sequence of poems I've been writing on and off during the year on the grisly subject of torture.

I think it may be some sort of sublimated desire to deal with yucky things from the past. Anyway, I'm delighted to see my name on that short list, along with names I recognise, like Dawn Wood from Scotland. I think I'm the only Irish name in there... that's twice that's happened now :))))

Congratulations to the worthy winners, of course. I think the judges' report shows just how tough their criteria were.

11 comments:

Niamh B said...

Congrats Barbara! Lovely way to round off the year

Peter Goulding said...

Well done Barbara and congratulations on being our sole representative.
For me, sadly, no Bunting this Christmas...

Emerging Writer said...

Terrific Barbara. Poem on torture, ay? Was it about an underwired bra?! (kiddin') Merry Christmas to you and yours

Liz said...

Still on that roll, Barbara! Congrats. and double congrats for representing us Irish folk once again...! ; ) And all good wishes for the festive season and beyond...bet 2010 holds loads of great things for you too! ; )

Angela France said...

Oh, well done! You are in very good company on that shortlist.

Totalfeckineejit said...

G'wan ya gud thing!Well done, B.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Well done, Barbara! Keep flying that flag ;)
Happy Xmas to you and the Bunch. Nuala & co. x x x x x

Kay McKenzie Cooke. said...

Congratulations Barbara - you've done it again! Well done.

BarbaraS said...

Cheers Folks!

It really is nice to be in such good company, you're right about the names, Angela; some of them I know from (the few!)books and journals I've read this year.

Niamh, Peter, EW (hee hee, close but not quite) & Eejit - I hope you've all got your bunting on proper display, tinselly & baubly for all to see :)

Nuala, warm wishes to your Lot too :)

Kay & Liz thanks so much - it means a lot to me that you've been dropping in :)

Now I hope to spend some time over Chrimbo going around the blogs and seeing what ye've been up to as well. Thank goodness for the break!

Rachel Fenton said...

Super - congrats!
"Torture" - remind me not to come to yours for mince pies!

Dick said...

So late with congratulations, Barbara, but many of them for so prestigious an acknowledgment.

I hope that 2010 sees many more such achievements.