I was at the festival on Saturday night for the Stuart Maconie gig (got to talk to him and get a book signed at the end) and had a quick look at our set up to find we'd have a much bigger audience than anticipated. Cue Wheatman panic attack.
Sunday: 12 o'clock came and Anna from New Writing North introduced the event. She talked about mentoring for a bit and asked me a few questions about publishing and opportunities in the region for new writers. Then it was my turn to introduce Pete (pictured), Roz and Stephen, who delivered readings from their work and answered my questions about mentoring, entering competitions and story development. It was a relaxed and informal atmosphere - enjoyable, in fact - and great to see the audience reaction, laughing in all the right places to the chosen stories. I'm sure it will have helped raise our authors' profiles further in the region and boost any future interest in them.
As all this was going on, Roger Stutter was busy at our book stand in QHA foyer and doing a brilliant job. When he wasn't talking to everyone who passed by, he even sold a few books too!
In my humble and unbiased opinion, the event went very well indeed. Big thanks to Roger, Pete, Roz, Stephen and Anna.
Photo above: Roger setting up the book stand.
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