Should start by stating that the panel was about Psychopaths in Literature, not a panel of psychopaths. Though…
Tonight I am back from a weekend of Llandeilo Litfest – it was a blast! My first ever experience of being on a panel and I didn’t know what to expect, but it was a great hour.
The panel was led by Thorne Moore, writer of psychological crime novels, many of which are based here in Wales. She did a great job of asking pertinent questions that set the rest of us off into interesting discussions.
My fellow panellists were John Nicholl and John Thompson. Now John N is an ex-police officer, and John T is a barrister, which left me feeling a little out of place – I’ve never worked in any of the law enforcement or legal occupations. I’m an office bod who specialises in system design (Excel and Access mostly), so least qualified there.
What I enjoyed was that the three of us didn’t always agree which makes for lively conversation, all good-natured. It was also lovely to get some really good audience participation going with an open floor and some back and forth.
It was also great to see some old friends and make new ones. People that I’ve connected to on the internet, I finally got to meet in real life. New people that I met for the first time too. All the writers were lovely people and everyone willing to lend a hand at all points, writers are just about the most supportive group of people I have ever met. Then there were people who I know through Swansea and District Writers’ Circle, lovely to see everyone again. Had some great chats at the Book Fair and managed to sell a few volumes too.