Storm in a crap mug: Ewan Morrison wins Not The Booker
I’m neck and neck in this NOT THE BOOKER competition – all of the other nominees have dropped out, apart from my adversary- who, it has to be said, is published by a big multinational company, and Tales from the Mall is published by a Scottish indie. So can you help us win?Morrison went on to say that, if he won, his plan was to denounce the ‘stupid voting by internet process’ and request that in future, the winner of the prize be determined by ‘a panel of people who understand and study books’. Jordison subsequently pointed out that Morrison’s presumed ‘nearest adversary’ – Myers – is actually published by the small scale indie publisher Bluemoose and that none of the other contenders had, in fact, dropped out. Having been e-mailed by several of Morrison’s friends on the subject after his e-mail address was distributed to them by Morrison, and with the original group e-mail surfacing in the comments on the Guardian’s site (keeping up?), Jordison then offered Morrison a chance to drop out himself, ‘to save yourself a bit of embarrassment tomorrow’. Morrison declined in a series of e-mails which Jordison presented without comment alongside the announcement of the winner. Morrison has since released his own statement on the brouhaha, apologising to Myers and Bluemoose for his prior implication, outlining his frustration with the prize’s voting system and its potential pitfalls – including the purgatorial state in which many votes submitted via Facebook found themselves – and clarifying that he did not give Jordison his permission to publish private correspondence. The winner of the Not The Booker Prize receives a coffee mug for his or her troubles.
He was chief hack and music editor of webzine Brazen from 2006 to 2010, and hosted Left of the Dial on Subcity Radio from 2008 to 2011.
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