Thursday, 14 July 2011
Go, little books
The above CBe titles have been shortlisted for the 2011 Forward prizes – D. Nurkse’s Voices over Water for the best collection, Nancy Gaffield’s Tokaido Road for the best first collection. Huge congratulations to both authors. Both titles available direct from the website here. The shortlist game is hardly the main point, and anyone punching above their weight is liable at some point to get hit in a way that will hurt, but for today – well, this form of recognition for a tiny press operating from a desk in the living room, with no Arts Council support, feels no bad thing.
And this morning Yorkshire have just won against Worcestershire, only their second win in the county championship since the start of the season. Peter Walsh in Mrs Dalloway (which I’ve been reading this week: how could I have never read it before?): ‘. . . this interminable life. But cricket was no mere game. Cricket was important. He could never help reading about cricket.’