Last year it was the inaugural Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival and i was fortunate enough to take part and led two writing workshops. I’m delighted to have been invited back to lead another, this time on ‘Beginnings, middle not muddle, and ending with a bang not a whimper.’ That will be two weeks today so I just need to polish up my ideas and get ready!
Yesterday was the first pre-event, a writers coffee morning, where people involved in the festival this year presented their books and work and were available to chat – obviously it was to advertise and promote the festival, but for us writers it was a great time to reconnect, catch up and exchange news and gossip. As well as people I’d met last year, I got chatting to new people… and I must say, I confess it was more about each other’s work and working rather than the festival.
My display was next to that of And Paulcroft and because we were just about the first there we had a lot of time chatting and it was most interesting. I have bought Andy’s book and look forward to reading it – and to meeting him again: The book is set in Weston which Andy knows well and is called ‘Postcards From Another Life.‘ The book sounds just my cup of tea, set in the present but about a mystery from 40 years ago. As part of it is set in Uphill where I live, I’m really keen to get reading!
On the other side of me was Fay Keenan who I met last year and have kept in touch with since. During lulls in the visitors we chatted about writing, creating characters, inspiration, ways of working, and as with last year I came away with some great thoughts from our conversation on how to work, how to organise myself and how to keep tabs on details in my stories. Faye has written two novels, ‘The Second Chance Tea Shop’ and ‘Springtime at the Cider Kitchen’, both of which I really recommend!
I spoke to other writers too, including Jenny Kane; it was a buzzing atmosphere and exchange of ideas flew! From these different conversations it became clear that meeting once a year was not enough, and we began to think in a fuzzy way about how we might connect more regularly. Once the festival is out of the way then I think we will begin to make plans, and I look forward to an interesting, friendly and productive get-together!
Here are some links…
to Jenny: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B00HYZIL1E