So. I have some exciting news – I’ve just won this year’s Daily Telegraph Science Writer Awards, the UK’s most prestigious science writing competition. This has been a bit of a labour of love for me – it’s the fourth time I’ve entered, and in each of the last three years, I’ve received runner-up prizes.
My article (Grammar – a weapon against bacteria) is published in the Daily Telegraph today along with a rather nice photo of me at London’s Science Museum. The photographer has done a superb job of covering up the fact that I had just had a bad case of food poisoning and hadn’t eaten for a few days. He also got us permission to sit in the museum’s jet engine…
Obviously, a large picture of me can only hurt the Telegraph’s sales, but I’m really rather chuffed. I get published in Britain’s highest-selling national broadsheet, some as-yet-undefined work experience there, and a not inconsiderable cash prizes. I also get to attend a lunch with as many of the judges as can make it, including some really important people in the science-writing field and possibly, the absolutely legendary Sir David Attenborough.
(Photo taken by Ian Jones)
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