Burning bridges and launching books
Congratulations, Stevie. You really are at the height of your writing powers! Well, don't mention it (no really, DON'T MENTION IT).
And thanks to all who inspired me: Julie Burchill, Mary Kenny, Carol Shields, Michel Houllebecq, JD Salinger, Billy Collins, Wallace Stevens, St Paul, Ethan Canin – humans who've proved that writing matters profoundly.
Plus all my years as a newspaper columnist and colour-writer, and all the diamond hacks I worked with.
"This award, guys, it really belongs to ALL OF YOU!" ...
..... Nurse, can I speak to you for a minute?
Aye, well never mind all that, we've gorra poetry book coming out ... the Bards of New Brighton, that is ...