September 28th, 2013


roald dahl funny prize judges' meeting

Judging the Funny Prize is HARD WORK! First you get an absolutely enormous stack of books (some have over 300 pages!) and you need to read them at a fairly brisk pace. Then you get together with the other judges and think very hard and have ARGUMENTS. We argued a lot. Here's the Guardian columnist Marina Hyde and me, trying to figure out how to make a hard point diplomatically.

And here we look like we're having a real laugh, but there was nothing funny about the way we'd been hurling croissants and poorly-considered insults with bad punchlines at each other from behind the make-shift table forts and chair barricades we'd set up.

Marina Hyde, Sarah McIntyre, Michael Rosen, Jamie Thomson, John Kearns
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