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Monday, 29 October 2012

Lit Fests and things

This deserves to be a much longer post but I've left it too long now. I wanted to talk about the Cheltenham Literature Festival, about all the authors I met and the talks I saw and etc. etc., but it was weeks ago and I don't think I can do it justice now.

The short version: I worked the Cheltenham Literature Festival. We set up three bookshops in tents, and I saw Salman Rushdie and Alan Garner give talks about their lives and works and was told fairy tales by Michael Harvey, and met all of the above along with PD James, Helen Dunmore, Rachel Joyce, Scarlett Thomas, Sue Townsend, Michelle Paver, Anthony Horowitz and many, many more. It was wonderful, and I'll definitely be doing it again.

When I got back I worked at Mark Haddon's talk at the Manchester Literature Festival - the second time I've met him now, and he was just as fantastic - and tonight I'm sitting in a cafe in London waiting to go to an evening with Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullan which has now become an evening with Neil Gaiman and Meg Rosoff because Mr. Pullman is, unfortunately, ill. Still, I'm very much looking forward to it.

If you've missed it, my Flash365 stories this month have been chapters of a horror novella called The Bloody Roses. It's coming to a head now, and although it's not the story I set out to tell I'm thoroughly enjoying it. You should read it. The first chapter is here and, although I'm a little behind due to internet issues, there will be 31 chapters and - hopefully - a completed novella come midnight on Halloween. If you do read it, please let me know what you think of it!

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