Wednesday, March 25, 2009
So Proud to be Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize
I'm listening to a rant by Nick Cohen at the Orwell Prize shortlist debate. He's accusing Gordon Brown of sacking Martin Bright of the New Statesman. Is saying the Orwell Prize has been demeaned by the fact that Bright isn't on the journalism shortlist but Peter Oborne and Peter Hitchens is. Hitchens is responding and has made the point that Nick Cohen is ... er ... pissed. It's all kicking off!!!
Anyway, this blogpost was intended to report the delightful fact that the judges have felt it necessary to include me in the final shortlist of six blogs. The others are...
People's Republic of Mortimer
Three Thousand Versts of Lonliness
Sitting in the audience waiting for the shortlist to be announced by the panel chairman Jean Seaton was a very peculiar experience. Having convinced myself that I wouldn't be on the shortlist I found myself curiously eager to hear my name announced. I have never actually won an award for anything (many of you will not be surprised) in my life, so far as I can remember. To even be shortlisted for this award is an honour I find difficult to compute. My only regret is that Tom Harris and Hopi Sen didn't make the cut. They should have.