The ups

Yesterday I was lucky enough to a guest judge for the Paddon Award, an annu­al prize awar­ded by the University of Exeter con­voc­a­tion. The theme was ‘Fifty years on’ and the com­pet­it­ors sub­mit­ted a broad range of prose fic­tion, poetry and journ­al­ist­ic non-fic­tion. One of the nice aspects of the day was hear­ing the work read aloud by the author (this was a stip­u­la­tion of the com­pet­i­tion). I gave a quick talk and helped present the prizes. Overall, I had a won­der­ful time. Thanks to all the organ­isers and the com­pet­it­ors.

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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