I know you’re supposed to have a provocative question as the title of your blog post in order to get more people to view the post, but at the moment I’m all out of provocative questions. (Think perhaps we’ve all had enough of those over the last week to keep us going for quite some time!)
But I wanted to write about the number of literary events there are going on – and that’s just from my own experience – and celebrate the vibrancy of the written and spoken word, especially in this period of time when we seem to be weighed down with nothing but politics and sport.
Instead, let’s hear it for the joy of reading!
Since I came back from Venice at the beginning of June, I’ve
- given a talk on my writing journey to a writer’s circle,
- visited a book group who were discussing The Broken Road (they liked it, thank goodness!),
- attended the launch of the Worcestershire LitFest, where I announced the winners of the 2016 flash fiction competition (I was a judge along with Calum Kerr, founder of National Flash Fiction Day),
- and read at the Words! Words! Words! event in Warwick, organised by fellow-writer, Jenny Heap (on left in the photo), while a storm of King Lear proportions swirled around us.
Yes, all these events mean I haven’t written a word for ages. But after three years when I was writing The Broken Road when I scarcely had a minute to see my family and close friends, let alone connect with other writers and readers, it’s been wonderful to meet up with others and to be able to interact with readers.
At some stage soon, I must get back to writing, but in the meantime, these literary events are great fun. And I haven’t even mentioned the Evesham Festival of Words this weekend! Check out the programme, and if you’re anywhere remotely local (sounds a contradiction in terms!), come along – it’s going to be AMAZING.Tags: literary events