I was proud to be among the winners of the Val Wood "Hull Is Where The Heart Is" short story competition, which were announced in a ceremony at Hull Central library on Saturday 20 September.
Although I no longer live in the city of my birth, it was a privilege to be associated with a competition carrying its name. With the overall winner, Brian Moffett, unable to attend, it was left to the rest of us to read our stories to the audience. A public reading of my own, Beyond the Screen, was a significant first for me, but one I hope will followed by many others. My thanks go to local author Val Wood, Hull Central Library, Quickline Communications and The James Reckitt Library Trust for their roles in making the event possible.
For what it's worth, my story was born out of a dream: the image of a cloud of dust exploding over a seat inside a darkened cinema. I used to believe our night-time creations were nothing more than random collections of vague notions, threads of unconnected memories. Increasingly, as time goes on, I'm not so sure that is entirely true.