A new name will be engraved on the Writer of the Month honours board this month after @spinal_bap won May’s award for the story ‘Fearne Cotton’s record collection goes online’. The piece was Tweeted by The Guardian and as a result has become the first News-in-Brief to scoop the award for being the most read story in a month, though had it been any longer poor Fearne may not have had the attention span to read it all the way through to the end. The victory earns @spinal_bap a coveted NewsBiscuit mug, a John Peel memorial beard and a Diamond Jubilee tea towel for stuffing into his ears when listening to Radio 1.
Congratulations also to Oxbridge whose archive story ‘Hot summer could wipe out Goth population, experts warn’ was last month’s runner-up, and to A Wagonload of Monkeys who had a brace of top five stories with ‘Olympic joy for winning missile sites’ and ‘Underwear of Swedish women poses greatest threat to airline security’. The final entry in May’s hit parade was ‘Rise in cannabis farms linked to new BBC show ‘Hash in the Attic’’.
Many thanks to all for their contributions last month, and it is great to see a number of new writers having success. Please join in our Jubilee celebrations in the Chat Room where all weekend we will be serving corgi burgers, hanging commoners from the bunting and strangling geese.