Waterstone's ran a writing competition for a Bookseller's Bursary with a cash prize, a place on an Arvon course, paid leave to attend the course and a trophy . I was shortlisted and invited to a "do" for the announcement of the two winners. Sadly I developed Urticaria and had to spend the morning in A&E instead of going to London as planned. Apparently I have had a massive allergic reaction to something and am now on steroids and antihistamine tablets. I feel very sorry for myself, and am ITCHY beyond belief. I am literally smothered by these gruesome lumps.
I came home from hospital feeling very glum, and then received the news that I had won!
I think it's fantastic that Waterstone's is supporting the many budding writers that are drawn to working in its stores. This is a superb prize, and I am chuffed to bits. It's going to be a real pleasure choosing a course to attend and I'm hoping it'll help me get my novel whipped into shape.
So, boo to rashes and illness, but a massive yay to Waterstone's and Arvon.
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