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Beer and real ale drinkers are being invited to honour the memory of Peter ‘Spyke’ Golding, the Nottingham CAMRA branch chairman who died suddenly in October 2010. In his colourful life, Spyke was teacher, traveller and toper, a committed environmentalist and a writer. And it’s this last passion, writing, that Nottingham CAMRA has decided to honour him by.

(l-r) Chris Holmes with Nottingham CAMRA’s Andy Ludlow launch the writing contest in honour of Spyke Golding.

The Spyke Golding Literary Award, launched by Andy Ludlow, secretary Nottingham CAMRA, and Castle Rock’s Chris Holmes, will recognise amateur writing on pubs, pub life, breweries and real ale in Britain or abroad. Fiction, non fiction and poetry may be entered.

Entries from anyone over 18, may be no longer than 1,200 words. The prize is £100 and a tankard with a £50 runner up award.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post, Andy Ludlow was keen to stress there was no upper age limit. “It could be someone who has never put pen to paper before and has always thought ‘well I’ve always wanted to be a budding writer’,” he said.

Spyke’s old friend, Mick Bajcar and his family, supported by Derek Adams, former landlord of the Crystal Palace, will read all the entries before being joined by additional judges Steve Westby, chairman of Nottingham CAMRA and Chris Holmes.

At the launch, Andy and Chris said they are looking for entries that capture Spyke’s positive and optimistic outlook on life. The winner’s name will be announced at the 2011 Robin Hood Beer Festival, in October.

Written entries, confirming date of birth, can be submitted either by e-mail to: spykegoldingaward@nottinghamcamra.org or posted to:
Spyke Golding Literary Award, c/o 15 Rockwood Crescent, Hucknall Nottingham NG15 6PW

The closing date for entries is 1 September 2010.