As one (if not the) superstar of the Thanet creative writing firmament, I like to give a helping hand to struggling local authors. Apart from the fat, hypocritical, thin-skinned ones from Margate that is, who seem to think it's fair game to bite the helping hand that feeds them. But no, I promised I wouldn't go there again. Besides, there's no more I can do on that score that a decent spellchecker couldn't accomplish.
So it is that I bring to your attention something I stumbled upon on the interthingo the other day, whilst I was cruising for a cottage in the Kent countryside as a possible retreat from the madding metropolis that is the Millionaires' Playground. It seems that the Jane Austen de nos jours, et de notre ile, Jane Wenham-Jones... should I continue this in French? It would sort out the riff-raff, wouldn't it? No? Well, anyway, JWJ is up for the Booker Prize! Um, no, er, that should read the 'People's Book Prize', a prestigious literary accolade awarded by popular vote, very much like my own TV Times Award for Most Promising New Celebrity (1993).
Jane's excellent tome wannabe a writer? [Some capital letters might be a good start - Ed] is currently in fourth place with 327 people's votes, just behind three others, naturally enough. Topping the poll is some turgid read about the US and Russian empires, penned by no less an author than Brian Landers [Never heard of him - Ed] who just happens to be a director of Penguin.
So why not tool along and pop your electronic 'X' in the box for one of our local heroines? Surely she deserves it more than some publishing potentate? I know she lives in Broadstairs, but she can't help that, poor love. Go on, whaddya waiting for?!?!???!!!
Click here to register and vote for wannabe a writer?