Three Things About Evesham Festival 2019

1. It was HOT! (Saturday was the hottest day of the year. 32 degrees!)

2. I met author Mike Gayle on the Friday night, when he was the guest author at our launch event and he also announced the winners of our short story competition.

3. I did my interview with Sunday Times best-selling author, Joanna Cannon. More of that anon but first:

I went for a quick walk with Bonnie tonight and this is what the sky – and the light – looked like at 9.15pm.

Why don’t I do this more often? (Answer: because I am usually tucked up on the sofa with a glass of wine, watching the tele’). There were no cars on the road and I didn’t see another soul. It was lovely.

I think I have been influenced by Joanna Cannon. If you follow her on Twitter you’ll know this, but she gets up every day at 3am (!) to walk her dog and she posts some amazing photos of the animals she sees and the sky (much more impressive than my measly effort!).

She talked about – and read from – her new non-fiction book, ‘Breaking and Mending‘, which is coming out in September (but which you can pre-order now), about her time as a junior doctor.

And in that strange way that the world is often small, it turned out that the hospital car park in which she started to write her first novel – The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – (she would grab precious minutes during a break and write leaning on her steering wheel) – is the same hospital in which my dad has just spent 12 days after a fall.

Anyway, she was lovely, as I thought she would be – and she works sooo hard. She has just finished novel number 4, which will be coming out next April. Can’t wait!

Three Things About Joanna Cannon:

1. She’s seen and eaten enough Battenberg to last a lifetime (and I’d bought EIGHT whole Battenberg cakes for the event!)
2. Her favourite book is Rebecca.
2. She would love to meet her hero, Alan Bennett.

(Do you like the way, in this photo, I am reaching towards the books, as though you might possibly think that I’d written them? In my dreams, eh?!)

Joanna Cannon and me!

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2 Responses to Three Things About Evesham Festival 2019

  1. juliathorley says:

    I got up just before 5 the other day because something woke me and I couldn’t drop off again. It was lovely and I did manage to stay awake until 10pm, but I couldn’t do it every day. I’m glad (though not surprised) that Joanna Cannon was so lovely. It’s always a risk to meet people you admire, just in case!

    • I’m the same as you, Julia. I could probably manage an early start (5am! eek!) once in a while but I just couldn’t do it every day. I’d be falling asleep at the laptop – and also I’d be incredibly grumpy and no one wants that!

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