Saturday, 16 April 2011
CAMBRIDGE WORD FEST
Today was green rooms, and seeing fleeting glimpses of faces that looked rather familiar and important - but might just have been passing traffic wardens. Today was meeting poet and short story writer Andre Mangeot with whom I was sharing an event at the Word Fest, and enjoying nattering very much both during the event, and after over lunch in the garden. Although our work is very different, we seem to be exploring similar themes. There was a good audience, lots of faces, lots of listening and lots of questions. Andre read extracts from two stories in his second book of fiction, 'True North' - a marvellous collection in which the reader is transported to many different countries as Andre explores themes of betrayal and identity and the fragility of dreams. I read 'Letters from Kilburn' from 'Storm Warning' - it seemed to go down well.
Today was saying hello in person to the 'crabbit old bat' Nicola Morgan, whose blog Help! I Need a Publisher is a must for all aspiring and not-so-aspiring writers..., and finding out that she didn't seem crabbit at all - her event preceded ours, in the Cambridge Union Dining Room - a nice sized room, with atmosphere aplenty. And today was meeting up with writer, poet and IT guru Tim Love whose Litrefs blogs and archives are a goldmine of info on all aspects of the written word as far as I can see, who came to the event and with whom I spent a happy hour on a guided tour of Cambridge after lunch. Thanks Tim! And he's already blogged about the event - see link back there!
Today was also having a guided tour of Audley End House on the way back. Altogether a good day.