Tuesday 14 August 2018

'By some miracle we got there on time, then Ed Sheeran appeared at our table'

Shane MacGowan's songwriting has been saluted by the stars, writes his partner Victoria Mary Clarke

Tribute: Shane MacGowan with Aidan Gillen, who presented his award at the Ivor Novello ceremony. All photos: Mark Allan
Tribute: Shane MacGowan with Aidan Gillen, who presented his award at the Ivor Novello ceremony. All photos: Mark Allan

Victoria Mary Clarke

When we were told that my partner Shane MacGowan was getting the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award last Thursday (and that it was top secret) I casually mentioned it to a few people who looked at me with blank faces. So I will fill you in.

Ivor Novello himself (aka David Ivor Davies) was a Welsh songwriter/composer/actor who was mega famous in the First World War years for such hits as Keep The Home Fires Burning and many more.

The award in his name was instituted in 1956 by the British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors, so it is judged by actual songwriters and is the self-proclaimed ''pinnacle of musical achievement and peer recognition''.

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