After making the long-shortlist (or short-longlist?) last year, and being commended in the past, I’m delighted to be a finalist in this year’s Bradt / Independent on Sunday travel-writing competition for a piece I wrote about visiting my great-grandmother’s grave in Rumia, north Poland. You can read my entry here.
I’m going to a prizegiving evening at Stanfords bookshop in Covent Garden tonight (Wednesday 21 July 2010), where journalist Matthew Parris will announce the winner. Absolutely certain it won’t be me (the other four finalists’ entries are breathtaking), but it feels great to have got this far.
Will tell you all about the evening soon!
UPDATE ON 22/07/10: Gulp … I won! Can’t believe it. Thank you to Debbie from Bradt for the picture below, which shows (from left to right) Catriona Rainsford (the winner of the ‘unpublished’ category); Hilary Bradt; me (Marie Kreft) and Matthew Parris.
I’ve won a five-star holiday to Malta and Gozo, and a commission with the Independent on Sunday. It really hasn’t sunk in yet! The other finalists - Lucy Clark, Elizabeth Gowing, Michelle Wu and Catriona - wrote beautiful pieces, and any one of them would have been a deserving winner.