Not knowing what lay ahead on this adventure the festival proved to be both more and less than I envisaged.
As a published author looking for ideas on marketing and promotion, as well as inspiration and guidance on how to continue writing in my genre the festival was not as helpful as hoped.
On the other hand, putting aside those
specific expectations, being among writers and readers, listening to successful authors, celebrities and persons of interest, the festival surpassed all expectation.
|Lunchtime: sunshine, good food, time to absorb.|
Second thrill was seeing so many interested attendees, sunshine and perfect weather.
The list of attending speakers was overwhelming, which made knowing which talk to attend difficult.
The beauty of the set up though was the ease with which you could move between tents. Standing room or a seat a the back meant you could leave without causing disruption.
Crowded sessions but
always room to stand.
Talks among well-established authors with multiple books to their credit, did not only focus on promoting their books. They discussed their lives, careers, subject matter for their books and what inspired them, how they went about research, problems they faced, achievements, all the nitty gritty of writing.
one of many incredible speakers.
Soon I discovered “This is How.” was the name of her newest book. Even so her talk was fascinating.
For some people the world delivers amazing success stories. She walked out of one job in Rome, to find a letter offering a professorship in creative writing at Manchester University.
John Cantwell: gets my vote as
favourite speaker and hero.
Some were inspiring. For a few moments in time I even considered writing crime stories. Others made me want to give up writing and return to reading. After the festival my list of “to read” books will keep me busy until next year.
The accommodation and spending the weekend with fellow writers was great. We enjoyed a wonderful time exchanging ideas, inspiration, and our personal reactions to each session.
Would I go again next year or recommend it to others? Definitely, yes. Book now!