Burrard Inlet Shortlisted for The Rubery Book Award
On Tuesday, as followers of this blog well know, Tyler was at the Monmouth Literary Festival performing with poet Anna Lewis. It meant that we at his publicity team were manning the desk on a slow and sunny summer's day. That was when the call came through, and we learned that Tyler's story collection Burrard Inlet had been shortlisted for The International Rubery Book Award. We put away our noon-time G&T and went into 'publicity' mode. First Tyler had to be tracked down - Where is he? - That literature festival! - and after much texting and phone calls we were able to pass on the good news. Then we set about drafting our mailouts, our promo materials, our press release. Tyler, of course, was honoured. The Rubery is the U.K.'s longest running and most well-established book award for independent publishers. The nomination seems extra-exciting as Tyler is nominated alongside his friend and fellow author, Carly Holmes, whose novel The Scrapbook is shortlisted in the novel category. By an amazing coincidence, tonight Tyler will be travelling to Cardigan's Cellar Bar to join Carly for a Cellar Bards event: a distinct and increasingly renowned series of ongoing reading nights. The promo poster for tonight is below and - if you're not put off by Tyler's slightly self-satisfied expression - do come along to share in the celebrations and festivities!