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!
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