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axelschefflerAxel Scheffler said that Brexit makes him “sad and angry every day” as he picked up the Illustrator of the Year prize at The British Book Awards last night (14th May).

When receiving the award, Scheffler, who is German, said that while he was “grateful” to receive the prize, he did so with “a heavy heart and maybe even a slightly bitter feeling – it feels like a consolation prize, or even a farewell gift.”

Read more: Scheffler blasts Brexit in British Book Awards speech | The Bookseller

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Originally posted in The Guardian.

Marlon James (Jamaica): A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld)
The first Jamaican writer to be nominated for the Booker, James’s third novel, told in a multitude of voices, builds on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976 to tell the story of Jamaica over three decades: the guns and corruption, the drugs and the music. “Like a Tarantino remake of The Harder They Come but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner”, said the New York Times.

Anne Tyler (US): A Spool of Blue Thread: A novel (Chatto & Windus)
The Big Theme of Tyler’s career – Family – which has followed her through 20 novels since The Tin Can Tree in 1965, taking in Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and The Accidental Tourist along the way – is here again. The fresh inflection this time round is the valedictory mood, in what Tyler said would be her last book before…

via Man Booker prize 2015: the longlist – in pictures | Books | The Guardian.

 


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No, well, the Oscar doesn’t go to me, nor does the BAFTAEmmy or any other performing arts award. When I was young, I’d written that Oscar speech before I’d even been to the audition.  As yer do.

I wouldn’t cry, unless I could manufacture one delicate teardrop down my right cheek. I wouldn’t thank everyone by name, thereby boring everyone knicker-rigid, and I certainly wouldn’t go on at length, ad infinitum, till the cows came home. As Groucho once said, I’d rather stay with the cows till you came home.

The speech would be short and simple, and discussed endlessly. I’d be in the media for a goodly time for the exquisite gown I would have worn. Probably something like this—but in black and with a scattering of tiny, real diamonds—none of yer paste jewellery, thank you very much.

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Ok, so that’s not going to happen. In any case, why should I care when I have, in the last year, received so many blogging awards? I’ve not had time to do anything about them, hence this post, which is to explain that finding the time to do all that’s required of an award is always going to be beyond me.

And I also feel rather as Phil Taylor does:

Let’s get this one right out of the way now. It’s not an award if it requires you to do anything you normally wouldn’t,  like turn around and give it to fifteen other people.  There’s no other awards in life that require you to do work. “And the Oscar for Best Actress in a Drama goes to Meryl Streep, but only if she can name fifteen other actors that deserve it!”

This post is my apology and thank you to the lovely fellow bloggers who have showered me with all manner of trophies from the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, the Influential Blogger Award, and One Lovely Blog Award to the Inspiring Blogger Award, the Versatile Blogger Award, the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, and the Liebster Award. (That’s quite a mouthful—I’m not sure that even with my diction (exquisite, darlings) I’d not stumble over them in a public speech.

This a long-winded way of saying, as you may have noticed from the image in the sidebar, that I have become an award-free blog. My special thanks are to the following beautiful bloggers for giving me such delight. In no particular order, I give you:

The Crazy Bag Lady
Moorezart (two awards!)
Chronic Conditions & Life Lessons
Los caprichos de Julie Delpy
Magpie Creative Writing Services
BlueKatKraft
Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life
Writer’s Notebook
The Linden Chronicles
Andrés Cifuentes
Kyrosmagica
Rebecca Bond – Classic Re-tellings of Modern Tales
Alex Raphael
Yesterday After
Aquileana
Kyrosmagica (again!)
Charles French Words Reading and Writing (for one of my other blogs, First Night History)
Gringa of the Barrio
Cooking with Reena
Wild Star Landing

I do hope I haven’t forgotten anybody. If I have, let me know!

For anyone who doesn’t see the Award-Free logo and nominates me, I will do the next best thing by adding a link to your blog by updating this post.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Come vote for me and be my love! Exposure – ‘A competition celebrating the power of the image’.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


The lovely Kat McDaniel thanking me for giving her the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and the One Lovely Blog Award. Much thanks, Kat.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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Much thanks to Sarah Vernon at First Night Design for giving Synkroniciti the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and the One Lovely Blog Award! Sarah is a lovely and inspiring person herself, an actress who, faced with Limited Cutaneous Systemic Sclerosis, turned her theatrical eye and design talents into making art. First Night Design features everything from greeting cards and posters to aprons, t-shirts and place mats with Sarah’s beautiful original designs. This is not to mention her blog, full of insight about theatre, art, design, literature, history, and even food. Please take the time to look by clicking here.

You might have seen Sarah in the Masterpiece Theatre production of Paradise Postponed. We seldom missed Masterpiece Theatre in our house. The series also featured her father, Richard Vernon. Perhaps you remember him in the Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night, in Goldfinger, or as Slartibartfast in the BBC production of The…

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June is bustin’ out all over for me as I have had the most marvellous compliments on my art in the last few weeks and, to top it all, Mademoiselle Couture has just been featured by the RedBubble group, Artists Universe, in their Artist of the Month – June 2013.  As a self-taught artist, who has spent most of the last 30-odd years as an actress, this is an honour indeed.

Click here to see how I created this collage.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


One Lovely Blog & Very Inspiring Blogger

There’s a rather lovely lady in the USA who is not only a good cook but a sweet online friend who has, for the second time this year, presented me with an award. She dishes it out in no uncertain terms and she’s Clarissa of Dishing it Out with Clarissa. I owe her a big thank you as well as an apology for not getting round to posting about the first award sooner.  If you don’t already know her work, then skate on over and be inspired by her passion for food.

Back in February, Clarissa contacted me to say that I was among the fifteen bloggers to whom she was giving The Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  As if that wasn’t enough, she awarded me a One Lovely Blog Award a couple of days ago. Thank you so much, Clarissa. It is such a treat to be considered lovely and inspiring.  Since both awards follow the same guidelines and have the same requirements, I’m combining the two into this one post.

Rules for accepting The Very Inspiring Blogger Award & One Lovely Blog Award:

  • Create a post showing the award and write about the person who nominated you.
  • Reveal 7 things about yourself.
  • Present the award to up to 15 bloggers who inspire you and include links to their blogs in your post.

7 Things About Me

I was born in a trunk (into a theatrical family).

Richard Vernon in A Hard Day's Night

Above: My father, Richard Vernon in A Hard Day’s Night

Below: My mother, Benedicta Leigh, & Michael Aldridge in See How They Run 1951 

Benedicta Leigh & Michael Aldridge in See How They Run 1951

I have Limited Cutaneous Systemic Sclerosis (LcSSc).

I have been an actress since I was 18.

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Lady Windermere’s Fan at drama school (I’m on the right in black!)

I’m a survivor.

I’m told my best feature is the twinkle in my eyes!

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I’m passionate about literature, history, theatre and laughing.

And I keep laughing, no matter what.

(almost) 15 Inspiring Bloggers

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

 

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