In fact, given the time it’s taken me to find a blog header that wasn’t (too) blurry or copyrighted, this new design may have to stay here until the next Jubilee thingy (which would be the Queen’s 70th year on the throne and therefore a Platinum Jubilee, of course. What d’you think? I reckon she can do it!)
I’ve also stolen the title of this post from a new collection of poetry, edited by Carol Ann Duffy, which celebrates the Queen’s Jubilee with ’60 poets for 60 years’. If you want to win a copy of that OR, if you prefer, Shelley Harris’ novel ‘Jubilee‘, which is one of Richard and Judy’s books for Summer 2012, just leave a comment under this post, telling me what you’re doing with your extended bank holiday weekend! What will you be writing, or reading, or watching on the tele’? Perhaps you’re going to a street party or heading to London to join in the celebrations there? Your comment can be writing-related, or not. That’s how generous I am feeling! (But you do need to be in the UK – sorry). I’ll pick a winner using a random number generator on Wednesday next week and he or she can choose the poetry or the novel.
But first, I have to ask, whose bright idea was it to move the usual May bank holiday date from last weekend to this one?! If they hadn’t meddled, we’d have had glorious sunshine for all those street parties and celebrations. As it is, it’s looking decidedly grey and rainy, which is a real shame.
In a rush of euphoria, brought on by last week’s sunshine, I’ve bought new garden furniture, half of B&Q’s plant section AND we’ve got a fridge-full of stuff for a barbecue tomorrow. But I am undaunted. I don’t care if it’s pouring down – in true British spirit, the show will go on!
Yes, I know, I kept that competition a bit quiet, didn’t I? Mainly because, I spotted that they hadn’t had any entries when they ran the competition the first time, so I worked out that, as long as I didn’t broadcast the fact to anyone else, I had a pretty good chance of winning, if I entered the re-run competition. That’s really mean, isn’t it?
But it’s not all bad news. I’ve also won a writing-related book from the website, which I’ll be giving away on here as a prize (to salve my guilty conscience), once I get it and NOW I’ve told you about ‘What the Dickens Magazine’, you can enter the competitions for yourselves in future.
Issue 4 was just published today and there are a couple of competitions to win books (page 72) and a call for submissions (no payment, but you do get a by-line, mention of your blog, etc) on the theme of ‘Sunflowers’, for the next issue.
On a slightly different note, the winner of the Orange Prize 2012 has been announced. It’s Madeline Miller, for her debut novel (green with envy? Moi?) The Song Of Achilles. Are you one of those people who rushes out to buy and read the winners of literary prizes? I must admit, I don’t but this one – at least in the review I read here – sounds a bit ‘different’.
It’s the love story between Greek warrior Achilles and his friend Patroclus before and during the Trojan War and the reviewer in the Telegraph describes it as a ‘breast-plate ripper’ (as opposed to a ‘bodice ripper’) and ‘gloriously, wonderfully silly.’ I might give it a go.