Tom Hunter and his very first Clarke win­ner

SFX - - The Clarke Award -

“The first time I ever heard of the Clarke Award was stand­ing in a WH Smith pick­ing up a pa­per­back of [Jeff Noon’s]

Vurt which an­nounced it as the win­ner on the back jacket. I re­mem­ber be­ing hugely im­pressed by the sound of the award and imag­ined it as a gi­ant red (or maybe silver) car­pet af­fair lit by neon in what was to me then a very dis­tant and imag­i­nary ver­sion of Lon­don. Years later here I am, and I still have that bat­tered pa­per­back copy, signed by Jeff now of course. If my in­volve­ment with the award be­gan any­where, I think it was right there.”

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