I was very much honoured to win the 'Lecturer of the Year' category last night at the #AberSUCelebrates awards.
That the award is entirely down to student nominations is what matters most, of course. I have no idea who nominated me - but thank you so much. If my teaching has made even a small positive difference to what you've learned during your time at Aberystwyth, I'm delighted.
I broadly remember saying three things in my (very brief!) acceptance speech. And I think they were along these lines:
Finally, kudos is unequivocally due to Emma Beenham, Academic Affairs Officer at Aber SU, for organising such a successful awards evening. It was all great fun!
The second was my own edited volume of poetry and prose honouring John's long career in writing and editing - Wired to the Dynamo (again, published by Cinnamon).
It was entirely appropriate that the evening ended with a round of applause for John - in fact, not just applause, but a spontaneous standing ovation. It was a wonderful moment, and a very fitting tribute to one of Wales's most important English-language literary voices of recent years.