Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Tin Man Appointed to Head Costa Jury
At a packed press conference last night it was announced that the Tin Man had accepted an invitation to chair the jury for next year's Costa Book Awards.
A beaming Tin Man said, "I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to reflect the nation's literary tastes and to represent the views of tin-eared poetry lovers everywhere."
Asked if he had any tips on next year's winner, he replied, "Of course we are all hoping to discover a poem as good as Four Weddings and a Funeral, something that ranks alongside the greats like Yeats, Browning and Patience Strong. Truly great poetry moves us by starting each line with a capital letter, satisfying our prior expectations, and striking our emotions like a dinner gong.
"I used to think I was just a sociopath who didn't have a heart, but this year Christopher Reid has taught me that great poetry, like Ritalin, is a balm for the human condition."
In other Costa news: Naked South London engraver and angel-botherer barred from award contest "for obvious reasons", say judges.