In a poll carried out for us by IPSO facto, Paul Hutcheon proved the most popular choice of ‘Young Creative Writer of the Year’ with his courageous and brutally honest self-assessment, in the moment when, thinking about his attempts to become a serious journalist, he realises that he can’t because his mind is ‘a cesspit of bitterness and resentment’. I’m not ashamed to say, I shed an empathetic tear, when he then knew he had to accept life with a tabloid. It haunts me.