a cold has prevented me from being able to concentrate well enough at the festival to blog, but others are writing excellent entries. see Pearl’s blog and rob’s blog. tonight i’m meant to be at Transgress but instead settled down with Charles to a great dinner after a long nap and then a sports flick.
up to now, my favourite events of the festival have been the noon Master Class series with writers. the ones at noon have been very practical with concrete examples and tips from the writers and an opportunity to ask questions.
i’m looking forward to the Poetry Cabaret tomorrow night, provided i can last that long, particularly to Meredith Quartermain. if there was anything i would change about this edition of the festival, it would be that we would have more writing life style poetry events with readings and a Q&A. i love the opportunity to hear fiction writers talk about their work, but i could use a higher dose of poetry. on my wish list of poets i’d like to see & hear (some of whom have been at the festival before):
Steven Ross Smith
i think the mix of poetry and prose changes from edition to edition and there have been other years where we’ve had more poetry cabarets. it’s my own preference, but i have enjoyed the threads of this edition’s festival and i tip my hat to the organizers for another excellent job. three more days to go! i’m hoping i won’t be so tired and will have the stamina to attend and soak it all in.