by Addy Farmer & all the rest of the Slushpile gang, except one: surprise, Candy!!
Stand up for the outstanding Candy Gourlay!
|Thanks to Kathy Evans for the pic!|
Candy always says that the SCBWI has been her partner in the long journey to publication.
I am thrilled ... I can only say thankyou to my fellow members who have really supported me through thick and thin
Of course we supported you (though the competition was tough, Candy!) because although you thanked the wider SCBWI in a moving acceptance speech, it is also us, your SCBWI friends who thanked you with the Outstanding Contribution Award.
This annual award recognises a special volunteer who embodies the welcoming and supportive 'spirit of SCBWI' and has made an outstanding contribution towards growing and shaping SCBWI British Isles. What we'll say here is that Candy is one of those rare individuals - a guiding light in the murk of creative confusion. She'll inspire your beginnings, sythe through the mess in the middle and clear a path to reveal the end. Hers was no dreamy drift into publication but a bumpy road just like everybody else. It's a continuing journey she shares in order to inspire and inform.
I am that person who arrived at the SCBWI conference with all her hopes packed in a bag. I was looking for something ... and it was not just an agent, not just a publishing deal, not just tips on how to write ... I was looking for a way of life.
To misquote Candy, you can't choose your family but you can choose your friends; she chose the SCBWI and thank goodness she did because we're all the better for it.So, take another bow, Candy, 'cos this is for you, from the team.