Witney Book Festival - a few highlights

Monday, 20 June 2011  |  Admin

On Saturday another writer whispered "I started your book last night - I'm hooked!"

What a terrific weekend of book chat in Witney over the last few days. Twenty or so writers supported by the tireless event team in various venues around the town, from the brewery (lucky for some) to the The Plough, taking in the library, Hacketts, The Fleece, Teddy Bears, Woodgreen School, St Mary's, the Langdale Hall and the Corn Exchane along the way.

The personal highlight was of course Friday night at the Corn Exchange where together with  Malcolm Pryce and Cherry Mosteshar we talked about books and writing to an audience of around thirty. After signing a few copies of A Habit Of Dying we adjourned to The Eagle. Journalist Gill Oliver, one of the organising committee, was full of smiles at the end of the first full day of the festival - which was generally regarded as being a good start.

Other highlights were listening to Adrian Magson talk about his book Death In The Marais, Eleanor Rawling giving a fascinating insight into the life of poet Ivor Gurney and Nicola Cornick in discussion with fellow author Juliet McKenna. There was also a special landmark for Ben Molyneux with the launch of his new book for young readers, Arthur Archer and the Time Traveller's Chronicles. Oh yes, and of course that moment on Saturday when someone whispered in my ear about being hooked on A Habit Of Dying.

Huge thanks go to the Festival sponsors, in particular Morgan Cameron accountants, to Waterstones for their support of the festival and of me in particular, plus the band of volunteers and organisers led by Sarah Myatt for putting on a great event.

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