Great news for fans of Brenda and Effie; last night at the New York Radio Awards, Bat Out Of Hull (reviewed here) won the Gold Award for Best Audio Book (Fiction).
The New York Festivals Radio Programming Awards recognise the world’s best work in radio broadcasting, awarding radio stations and independent producers from around the globe. The awards ceremony was held at Manhattan Penthouse last night, and is considered the 'Oscars’ of radio. This is the first year that audiobooks have been included.
Producer and director Simon Barnard says, “It’s wonderful to get this award from an international jury of respected radio peers, particularly since we’ve just been making it up as we go along. The award really belongs to two people: to our narrator, and national treasure, Anne Reid, who told the story so beautifully; and to our author Paul Magrs, who really should be a national treasure and who wrote it so beautifully.”
Writer Paul Magrs adds, “I was actually in Whitby yesterday, exactly ten years since I started to write the first novel about Brenda and Effie. To write a script about these characters I love, and then win a prestigious award like this is just wonderful. Thank you! Bafflegab and Simon Barnard and the cast are geniuses and I love their brand of spooky mayhem. I'm proud of the work we've done together.”
Publisher bafflegab released the final instalment (Brenda has Risen from the Grave) of the first series of Brenda and Effie last week, and we reviewed it first on STARBURST here.
More details on all of this can be found on the bafflegab website.
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