Until last week, I’d never been to BBC Broadcasting House, but it was somewhere I’d always wanted to go. So I was excited when the invite to the BBC National Short Story Award prizegiving dropped through my letterbox and I saw that the event had moved from its traditional home at the Freeword Centre to the BBC Radio Theatre. And the Beeb didn’t disappoint.
They have Daleks!
And Dr Who parks his Tardis there when he’s not using it. I kept grabbing people to photograph in front of it (see below). I neglected to get a photo of me in front of the Tardis though, which I regret now. I have a pic of me in front of an old Police Box on a motorway siding that my folks took when I was about 3. I’m wearing red cords in it, which were in at the time. It was the late 70s.
Anyway, here are a few photos from the night – which marked the beginning of a big week for the short story, with Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize and getting all us story folk waving our flags (next year Haruki, next year).
Congrats to BBC National Short Story Award 2013 winner Sarah Hall, and runner-up Lucy Wood.
PS. If you’re a story fan, you might enjoy Sarah Hall’s Guardian piece from yesterday about the state of the short story in the UK. Tis good.