I was right – the food at St. Aidan’s was, as usual, wonderful. A few of the winning poets, Brian Lister (Biscuit Editor) and myself, shared a lovely evening, we ate a little, drank a little, read a few poems, all as a lead up to the Biscuit Challenge show on 7th July in Newcastle. So far, so good. At breakfast on the morning of the 7th, I was greeted by the news that one of our winners had been taken ill through the night and was in hospital. We had to make some quick adjustments to our arrangements for getting from Durham to Newcastle.
I went back to my room at about 9.00 am for a rest, just started to nod off when my mobile went. It was my daughter, phoning from London to tell me not to worry she was absolutely fine. I hadn’t a clue what she was talking about, not having heard the horrific news from the Capital! Later, our winning poet was discharged from hospital and made it to Newcastle to read her poem.