Jubilation, joy and undeserved good fortune

At last, I’m allowed to tell people. I won the inaugural Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry!

I actually found out about it a week ago, but was sworn to secrecy (with words like “embargoed” and “trappist”) until the official announcement was made on Radio National yesterday afternoon. 

I still can’t quite believe it. Joy, delight, amazement, gratitude, disbelief … $16,000, and The Summer King will be published by Otago University Press sometime next year. Now I just have to wade through the contract, and try to cling to the joy and avoid cringing too much when I hear what rubbish I’ve said (or been quoted as saying) in interviews … I plead temporary insanity.

 
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12 thoughts on “Jubilation, joy and undeserved good fortune

  1. Thanks Tim. OUP are talking Poetry Day next year, although there’s plenty of time for things to go wahooni-shaped. (I suspect getting the contract sent back would be a good start!)

  2. congratulations!

    i got here via the furore about joanna lumley (i know i’m always the last to cotton on) but am now enjoying a little tour round your blog …

    amazing news about the award … you must be very chuffed indeed!

    xxx

  3. Thank you!
    I still get caught by it. Suddenly remember, and find myself breaking out into a Cheshire cat grin. I feel like a kid who’s been given the keys to the lolly shop and been told yes, you ARE allowed to help yourself!

  4. Thanks Helen. It’s going to be one hell of a ride between now and then.
    I suspect Tim’s already lining himself up to do a reciprocal “firm but fair” review … 😉

    • Thank you Sheenagh. I know a lot of the success of the collection as a whole is down to the support (and advice, and reassurance!) you provided during the last few months of my MPhil. So thank you!

  5. I feel I have to correct the title of this blog entry to “Jubilation, Joy, and DESERVED Good Fortune”.

    Very well deserved and as you know I already have an order in for The Summer King. I look forward to talking more about this with you on the radio next year.

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