... with Wimborne Minster, the dear little town only half an hour's drive from me, which held its first ever Literary Festival today
... with Malcolm of Gullivers Bookshop who organised the event, and indeed with the bookshop itself
... with Martin Brown who illustrates the Horrible Histories, whose energetic talk kicked off the festival. There were lots of kids in the audience for this one. Everyone was given a drawing pad and pen, and he had us all drawing faces, and giving them expressions to make them come alive. Well I'm used to giving my written characters voices and actions to make them come alive, but it was great fun trying the same thing with rough cartoon sketches!
... with the books of Elizabeth Cooke, Imogen Parker and Natasha Solomons . All three authors spoke brilliantly about their writing careers and their books. I already had a couple of their books but ended up buying several more, as you do. My TBR pile is ridiculously high now.
All in all I had a great day out. Three members of my writing class were there too, so we had a lovely lunch together, following which I am sorely tempted to buy this .
A blog reader was there too, and somehow recognised me - Excuse me, but are you womagwriter? she said. My fame spreads. Hello Beryl - I said I'd give you a mention!
Hopefully this will become an annual event. I'll definitely go next year. I had such a lovely day - these local events are definitely worth supporting. I've come back inspired to write more, read more and go to more literary events. Wish there were more hours in the day!
The lovely Malcolm also promised to give Tears and Laughter and Happy Ever After a push when it is published. Ebook coming in November, paperback early next year. I'll post more on this later, you can be sure of that!