Kate with Justine and Alison
Yesterday, I wrote a blog post about being shortlisted for Women in Publishing’s Pandora Award. Last night, I won it. Justine Solomons of innovative networking organisation, Byte The Book, was runner up and Alison Jones, who runs a successful publishing consultancy after a career in academic publishing, was highly commended.
30 years ago, as someone who very much wanted to get into publishing, I went to my first publishing event: an evening q&a session with Virago’s Lennie Goodings at Blackwell’s in Oxford, and, though I have entirely failed to be a proper supporter of the organisation since my 20s (for which my apologies to the awards judging panel), it was good to be back.
Thanks to my cheery and talented co-shortlistees, and thanks to Women in Publishing and the judging panel in particular. I look forward to the January handover of the wooden box – an antique writing slope, I think – that the award holder gets to keep for a year, which is currently in the hands of Ursula Mackenzie.
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