It was a lovely evening, with lots of wine and canapes and talk about books. The event takes place at Walker Books, and the room we were in had been decorated with butterflies and looked grand. There were some speeches from the prize's organisers, judges, Venetia and me, and then lots of photographs. After that my publisher took me out for a delicious dinner.
The Branford Boase Award is special because it celebrates the relationship between author and editor. It was set up to remember Henrietta Branford, author of Dimanche Diller and Fire, Bed and Bone and her editor, Wendy Boase. Both died of cancer in 1999, and the award was created in their memory to promote the importance of nurturing new writing talent, and to celebrate their relationship.
I collected the award with Venetia Gosling, who aquired Infinite Sky, and now publishes books at MacMillan, and it was lovely to catch up with her at the party.
As well as the Branford Boase Award, the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition was being celebrated, and so I was delighted to meet lots of young writers too. They ranged from around 11 to 18, I think, and it was nice to hear about their stories too.
The story was picked up by the BBC and Martin Chilton from the Telegraph (who wrote the first ever broadsheet review of Infinite Sky) interviewed me about Infinite Sky and what I'm working on at the moment. Also, Michael Thorn wrote a detailed blog post about the event.
To celebrate the win, Simon and Schuster released a new paperback edition of Infinite Sky, which I think is rather beautiful. What do you think?