Literature festivals everywhere!

It's been wall-to-wall author events here at Casa Valerie, though not literally; I don't think our house is fit to be shown to actual proper writers (I think we have a mouse. I'm hoping it's actually next door and that what I heard was through-wall scurrying.). So far, at the 2012 Manchester Literature Festival, I've seen Michael Chabon (write-up here); Penelope Lively (here); Joe Dunthorne, Matthew Hollis and Inua Ellams; Richard Ford (write-up here), and James Kelman. It's been exciting and tiring as hell. I've got a ticket to see Ali Smith give the annual Manchester Sermon this Thursday, and then it's straight down to Bristol for their Festival of Literature at the weekend. Well, not straight down; I'm getting the train on Saturday morning, but the glut of wordy things on at the moment does feel a little like I'm sprinting from one venue the next with ne'er a tea-break between them.

But Bristol! Let me tell you about that. I'm on a panel this Saturday evening (20th October, 8pm). It's called The Unputdownable 2012 Speakeasy, and I'll be up there with Tania Hershman (yay!) and a handful of other very fancy people whom I've not yet met: Nikesh Shukla (his podcasts are ace!), Sanjida O'Connell, Maria McCann and Miles Chambers. We'll be doing readings and talking about books and the festival and all sorts, and there'll be a party afterwards. Drinks! Before that, I'll be reading a bit of flash fiction at a session called Launch Pad at the Hooper House Cafe - they've got stuff on all afternoon, but our bit (me, Tania Hershman, Sarah Hilary and more) will be on at about 4pm. I think. 

So if you're anywhere near Bristol, please do come along and say hi. I'm really looking forward to it - it's probably the biggest event I've done to date, and, guys, afterparty


C Snook said...

Yay! Afterparty!

Tania Hershman said...

Yay! Is it a panel we're on? Not really folllowing ;) Can't wait to see you, hang out properly!

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Well, I'm not really all that sure - I guess we'll find out when we get there! See you Saturday!