I was amazed, humbled and very proud to be the latest winner of the Harlequin Award, an award given by The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild to anyone who it feels has furthered the art of the marionette. There were some VERY worthy contenders and I felt it was unlikely when I heard a while ago that I had been nominated, but was bowled over when I received a letter a week or two ago to say I have been awarded it and get to keep it till 2013! The Harlequin Award was created in honour of Eric Bramall founder of the Harlequin Puppet Theatre in North Wales and brilliant puppeteer, a pioneer in marionette manipulation. I haven't been presented with the award yet but am looking forward to getting my hands on it!! And it will have pride of place at home for the next 2 years. Many thanks to those that felt I was worthy of such a prestigious award.