An unusually brief bit of text here. Between library inductions and exploring a new city, time is short and distractions ever-present.
However, I was astonished and delighted to be told this week that I'd been shortlisted for the Hospital Club x Guardian Professionals Network 'h.Club100'. This is "a national search for the most innovative, interesting and influential people in the British creative and media industries." I'm among the thirty chosen for the 'Publishing & Writing' category, which will then be whittled down through public voting to a final selection of ten. It's both shockingly unexpected and pretty extraordinary to appear alongside so many individuals I respect and admire, such as Caitlin Moran, James Daunt and the late Iain Banks.
Considering the calibre of the list, I have no expectation of making the final ten, but I would very much appreciate it if any readers wanted to complete a quick vote for me. The news was a huge spark of excitement at a time of uprooting and transition.
You can see the Guardian article here.
This gorgeous dress was bought from one of Mary's Living & Giving charity shops in London. I always appreciate the quality of the clothes to be found on the rails. It's originally from the ASOS Africa range, a fantastic initiative supporting local communities and sustainable business. Everything else is second hand and vintage, apart from the Faber copy of Seamus Heaney's 'Beowulf' which was bought in all its new, matt glory for my Anglo-Saxon studies ahead.