York Writing Festival
Other speakers included literary agent Carole Blake, Lyn Vernham from Choc Lit, Jane Holland from Embrace, Ed Handyside from Myrmidon Books, Beverley Birch from Hodder Childrens, Patrick-Janson Smith from Harper Collins, Louise Allan, Penny Legg, Julia Churchill and many others. As always I wanted to go to two talks at once, but on the whole felt I made good choices.
David Nobbs (Reggie Perrin and A Bit of a Do) launched the conference with an inspiring and entertaining talk on the ups and downs of his writing life. He told us frankly about his failures as well as his successes, punctuated with many tips on how to avoid those mistakes ourselves. Well into his 70s he is still writing novels and clearly loving every minute.
Kate Williams, author of Becoming Queen (televised as the Young Victoria) drew the short straw by being the last speaker on Sunday afternoon. Many people had by then left in order to catch their train, which was a pity as only half the delegates were left to hear her. Nevertheless, I’m glad I didn’t miss her talk as she was an interesting and accomplished speaker. I’m now thoroughly enjoying reading this fascinating biography, which of course I got her to sign.
Would I go again to the York Festival? I will indeed. Extremely well organised by Harry Bingham, it attracts some of the top names in the business, both published and aspiring writers of all types, and even the food was good.