Today, I have been largely at a literary festival.
I know, we’re not supposed to go anywhere, and I didn’t, it was all on-line. Me and a load of other writers getting together thanks to Showboat TV and talking about our writing. And in my case my editing too.
We’re talking about our books, old and new, and reading segments of the book. It made me think that I should read a snippet of each of my books and stick them on my website too, but to do that I’d actually have to listen to me and that is so cringe-worthy I’m not sure I could.
With lockdown, I’m actually finding that there are advantages to on-line literary festivals. For a start, I don’t have to travel. Now don’t get me wrong – I LOVE travelling, but it takes up a lot of time, can be uncomfortable and stressful. It means staying in places you don’t know and buying food you can’t be certain of.
On-line means I only have to travel from one end of the house to the other – and it really isn’t that big a house. I get the comfort of my own chair, let alone my own bed at night, and I can have whatever food I want. Today I made a jambalaya and it was lovely – and it meant that the place smelt great for the afternoon when I did the second slot.
More importantly, it meant that I got to met up with some old writer pals I’ve not seen in ages because we usually met up at festivals and book fairs and of course, we haven’t had any of those for a year.
So if you’d like to hear what’s going on with writing in Wales, check out www.showboat.tv as they will be putting recordings of the day up on their site. See how we writers can put words on the page, but can’t always read them out. 😉