Simon Heywood

storyteller, songwriter, composer, folklorist

October News

The big excitement of the moment is the BASE Awards. Gilgamesh won the award for Outstanding Collaboration. Commissioned by Stories from the Tree of Life and premiered at Huddersfield Literature Festival in 2009, Gilgamesh was adapted and performed by Tim Ralphs and me. Big thanks to Mai Lin Li, who offered the commission, and Tim, who generously invited me to share it. Mainly I want to thank the many people who have supported the show since 2009 and liked Gilgamesh enough to vote for it.

It was a terrific night generally with a real magical atmosphere which felt much more like a celebration than a competition. It was great to see work like Clive Hopwood’s Writer’s in Prison Network get some of the wider recognition it deserves. But the highlight of the night (for me) was to see the Lifetime Achievement Award go to Sheila Stewart (from a shortlist featuring Taffy Thomas and Mary Medlicott – so any of the three could justly have claimed entitlement!). Sheila’s announced her retirement this year, so there is some poetic justice in the timing of one more richly deserved award to add to her collection. As I write, a full list of winners is in preparation for posting on the BASE website.

Immense thanks to Phrase Arts for putting the award system together. Looking forward to BASE 2013.