Another short list…

One day I will make the final cut…I really would like it to be this time. I have just heard that I have been short listed to become one of the BT London 2012 storytellers.  ( )

I registered ages ago and had pretty well forgotten all about it, then this morning I found the email. I am really excited. I have registered my special interest as in paralympians, particularly those who are ex forces personnel. Not that I would mind any category, but this one would really interest me.

While I have been working on my collection of poems about the way it feels to be a close member of the family of a young soldier serving in Afghanistan  I have been amazed again and again at the strength and resolve of seriously injured people who have to pick up the threads of such a very different life.

I have read several times that many of the most severely injured have been known to joke that we will have the strongest paralympic team in the world for 2012…typical of the forces’ black humour I’m told… and I would feel privileged to be able to tell their story.

Imagine the will power, the tremendous highs and lows, the many challenges to be overcome in order to deal with dire injury then think about the immense strength of character required to set sights on the goal of becoming an Olympic athlete after such tribulation. I would feel utterly privileged to be able to tell such a story.

All I need now is to make the next step from short list to final cut.

I have every finger crossed…

About SallyJ

I am a writer and a poet.
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5 Responses to Another short list…

  1. Sandra says:

    I am so pleased for you. I’ve got my fingers crossed. Well done !

  2. SallyJ says:

    Thank you Sandra, it would be great to be one of the storytellers….

  3. Theresa Dickens says:

    My fingers too!

  4. SallyJ says:

    thank you Theresa – my luck needs all the help it can get!

  5. Reflections says:

    Congratulations on the short list! This may well turn into an exciting oportunity… challenging, heartwrenching (I’m sure), but well needed to address such a catagory. What an honor to be able to honor those who serve!

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