My story, Where the White Poppies Grow, was shortlisted for the Bedford prize which was announced on Friday 22nd January. Unfortunately, the same story has now been listed for several prizes never quite making it into the top three, but of course this in itself is still very encouraging. Equally I appreciate the subject matter of the story will, for some Iā€™m sure, be considered a little controversial as it attempts to give a voice to a conscientious objector of the First World War. In the story I try and show that the conviction of the main character was on a par with those who were swept up with the flag waving jingoism and fierce patriotism of the times; and what courage it took to go against that tide.