I had the honour of being invited by the Stop Loan Sharks team to be part of a live interview to both promote my winning entry into their writing competition and raise awareness about loan sharks. Check it out at the below link, and I have to say everyone can be taken in by a loan shark, and considering it normally takes a person 2 to 3 years to seek help, and that is if they are ever going to seek help, the more people know about the tactics loan sharks use, and about how most loan sharks once outed never commit the crime again, the better. Because the more people know about loan sharks the less power loan sharks have, in the harder it will be for them to operate, also the more people know about loan sharks the more they may be able to help save a person from a loan shark.
That means even if you don't check out the interview below, which I highly recommend that you do because you know I am in it… Jokes aside, even if you don't check out the interview below I highly recommend that you check out their website and learn a little bit about loan sharks, because by doing so you genuinely could be helping to save not only yourself but someone you know, perhaps even a family member from being taken in by a loan shark.
I'm proud to announce today that the poem I wrote, The Loan Shark, is one of the seven winners in Stop Loan Sharks short story competition. As a winner it has been recorded and was read out during annual Stop Loan Sharks week which started on the 30th November.
To view the poem and check out the announcement see the below link:
I'm very happy and proud to have been selected as one of the winners and hope that the poem along with the winners from the other categories can help raise awareness for what is such an important cause, especially with what is going on at the present time.
With all the financial distress that so many people are suffering a current, loan sharks will be in their element and so people who may fall into the hands of such unscrupulous people will need all the support they can get, support which Stop Loan Sharks provides.
For more information on just who Stop Loan Sharks are and what they do, along with how you can help check out their website:
Number of writing competitions entered: 26
Number of winning entries: 3
Number of times shortlisted (exc winning entries): 2
Number of literary agents and publications reached out to: 20
Number of acceptances: 0