The Graham S. Brand Award is presented each October to a student on the University of Westminster’s Media Course and is given for writing and directing the best radio feature of the year.
The award is given in memory of Graham Brand, a former student of the University, who sadly died when he was just 27. Graham was my best mate and writing partner when I first began scribbling stories many years ago. Graham and I co-wrote hundreds of pages of comics together for titles including ‘Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight’ for DC Comics in New York, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Dr Who Monthly, 2000AD, and many others.
The posthumous award was set up by Graham’s parents, Sheila and Pinky Brand, and myself. It’s a nice way to remember my much-missed friend. It also helps make sure that his name and work lives on at his old University where he spent three very happy years earning his BA (Hons). The cash award that goes with it is designed to be a small help to someone on their way to a career in writing.
Entries are usually about ten minutes in length. Past winners have made radio features on subjects such as ‘Mudlarks on the Thames’, ‘Tin Pan Alley’, ‘Afternoon Tea’, and Mrs Brand’s all time favourite (so far) ‘Roof Gardens of London’. The judges are Mrs Brand and myself and it’s always a pleasure to listen to the five features on the short list. The best known winner on the Roll of Honour (so far) is Danny Wallace, best selling author and star of screen and shelf.
The award couldn’t exist without the continued help of radio course leader, Dr Matthew Linfoot, who organises the whole thing with extraordinary grace and care.
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