Some of my most enduring memories of my grandfather are of hearing his voice on the Sunday morning radio, reading a story of his aloud. He was a prolific writer - of poems, plays, novels, short stories, drama series and television shows - and all while being a rather remarkable schoolteacher. He died last month at the age of 94.
For this reason, being named on the Francis McManus Award shortlist today feels particularly special.
Over the next few weeks, each of the 25 selected writers will have their story read and recorded by a voice actor, and broadcast on our national radio station. It is quite an honour, and I only hope I may do his memory proud.
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