Shortlisted, Oh my.

When the news reached me, about a month ago now, that I had been nominated by an unknown individual for the prestigious Living North awards, I was delighted. And incredibly grateful. I initially expected the whole thing to amount to little more than a short-lived buzz, pleased to be recognised but not really expecting much. Well, all that changed last week, when I received word that the team behind the awards ceremony had shortlisted me. Little wildlife-waffling me!

The Living North awards themselves were set up as a celebration of all that is good about North-East England. Rejoicing in everything from our great hotels and restaurants to the people and groups that contribute to the region on a more fundamental level. Through hard work, charity and much, much more. I have been shortlisted for the “promise and potential” category alongside seven other fantastic young people and I think it is safe to say that I am ecstatic. Win or not – which I suspect I will not – I really am honoured that some people feel I am doing a good job at promoting our region, and contributing in a positive manner to my field. I would, of course, love to win, but if not, I am more than content with the shortlisting. These are, after all, some rather impressive awards and I look forward to including my mention on my CV in the future. It certainly has gone a long way to giving me a much-needed boost in self-confidence and motivation. Onwards!


  1. Huge congratulations, I admire anyone who is passionate about where they live and takes the time to promote it to the outside world. I try and do my best here in France of our little area! When will the winners be announced? However, just being short listed is fantastic.

    1. James Common says:

      Thanks for your comment! The winners will be announced “later in November” apparently, I very much look forward to it. Not sure if the shortlisting is for my writing or conservation work but I am happy either way. And I agree! Greatly admire those who take the time to sing the praises of their local area. 🙂

      1. good luck and let us know!

  2. stephanie Sorrell says:

    So pleased to hear about this, James… Remember I suggested a few months ago that you try gettin g your work published with John Hunt publishing… this award will stand you in good stead…. The main thing is to keep following your heart and life will ferry you to where you need to go…

    1. James Common says:

      Thanks Stephanie! I looked into it but ended up wussing out as I not have anything remotely ready to be published. The day I finish my book I will have to drop him an email – The award has certainly given me some extra confidence 😀

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