Saturday, September 13, 2008

LitCamp = cool bananas! (Aka how many links can I fit in one post?)

LitCamp took place yesterday, and it was a really fun and buzzy day. I gave a tiny talk on the usefulness of blogging as a writer, so I figured I'd better update the blog!

It is always good to see Vanessa Gebbie, she was interesting as ever. It was the first time I have ever met Lane, who organised the whole thing, and hats off to her. It was an ambitious event, and she must have worked phenomenally hard to get it all to come together. I came home exhausted, I can't imagine how wiped out she must be, but I'd like to offer public thanks for this fabulous unconference.

I was thrilled to meet Kellie in "real life" as we have been chatting away for years without having ever met face to face. She was even lovelier than I had imagined!

I had the pleasure of meeting Julia, Alison and Kerry who all work at The Fiction Workhouse., and were all delightful, and I hope we can get together again some time for a big old writerly natter.

I also bumped into Jacqueline Applebee. We first met a couple of years ago at the Chichester writing festival and I was pleased to hear that she is now enjoying success as an erotic fiction writer.

There were lots of different panels and talks going on: writers, agents, editors and teachers.

Stephen Moran was offering post-it note critiques of short stories, I handed one in, and he thought it was missing a story! Oops.

In the evening there were some really great readings. Jay Bernard is a poet that I was entirely unfamiliar with, but whooo, she was brilliant.

Gavin Ingliss read a very funny story that may or may not have been called "Mr Shoe."

Farahad Zama read an extract from his debut novel "The marriage bureau for rich people" He was a cool guy with a very business like approach to his writing. He writes on his twenty minute train commute, and really makes a mockery of wafty, faffy types like me who protest that we don't have enough time.

I was sorry that I had to leave before hearing all the readers, but travelling home took about 2 1/2 hours and I had to work today.

Apologies also for not mentioning all the people I got to meet, listen to, and see, but there were soooo many.

I came home thinking quite calmly "well, i'd better get on and write some good stuff then" which surely has to be a very positive outcome from an event like this! But before I do that...sleep!

8 comments:

Kerry said...

Hi Sara,

So nice to meet you the other day - particularly since you were sporting some mighty fine accessories...:)

Kellie said...

Where are the photos of uncontrollable joy missus?!! Absolutely ace to meet you and your talk WAS great.

Sara said...

Ha! Cheers Kerry - I'm glad you liked the accessories, I had the 'I hate you' bit out all day, but actually I kinda loved everyone really!

Kellie - I didn't know if you'd hate me to put your pic online. I look soooo happy, and hot, in a kinda shiny way. So, is it cool to put the pic up then?

kellie said...

Of course!*


*Subject to change.

kellie said...

Oh and you know how I said I recognised Gavin's name? I'm sure he runs an evening class in flash fiction at Ed Uni. So there. Bums I'm scunnered I missed the readings as they sounded fab, but that's the price of being a jetsetting Scotcher I'm afraid.

Farahad said...

It was great to meet you at Litcamp - and your blog is really cool...

Sara said...

Thank you farahad! It was a good day.
And yay - you left a comment!

Farahad said...

Hi Sara
Remember the promise you made at Litcamp about putting my book face out in your shop?

Apparently The Marriage Bureau For Rich People will be arriving in branches of your shop tomorrow. Please display it prominently and tell your customers what a great guy the author is and why the book is an absolute must-read :)

If I am ever in Brighton, I'll make sure I drop into your shop and try and catch up with you.

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