Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon: On bookish events

sundaysalonThis time last week I was about to set off for the 2013 Hay Literary Festival for my first ever visit. Across the Atlantic the second bookish event of the summer  (Book Expo America otherwise known as BEA) was about to begin. Both events have kept me fully occupied this week – I don’t think I’ve ever spent as much time thinking, talking and writing about books and reading.

This was the week I think I fell in love……

First with Hay itself. So much so that I was very tempted to return again today. Didn’t quite make it but I will certainly return next year

johnbanvilleJohn Banville. I was only half way through reading his 2005 Booker Prize winning novel The Sea by the time I got to Hay to see the man himself. I know some people found his novel slow and lacking in any great revelation but I thought it was magical. The man himself was in good form – coming on stage with a glass of wine to entertain with mischievous good humour and intriguing explanation of what he  strives to do in his writing – ‘to make an object blush’. Having now finished The Sea, I plan to read more by him.

As for BEA Armchair – this was a vastly different affair from Hay. Where Hay was all about lounging on the grass, eating icecream and tapas washed down with wine and beer in between literary talks in tents, the photos from BEA show a vast exhibition space  of publishers stands  and what looked like long queues for some author talks. But that could be a bit unfair to BEA since I wasn’t actually there myself, making do instead with a virtual event of daily topics. All my contributions are listed on this wrap up post .

Now those two events are over I’ll finally get a chance to do some reading – and maybe a catch up on all the reviews that are still waiting to be written.



What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

4 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: On bookish events

    • Wish I HAD actually been there but had to make do with watching from afar. One day though maybe …

  • What a whirlwind week. I think I will have to try Banville. I have just finished Jane Gardam’s first book in her trilogy, Old Filth — and I am very excited about reading more — after I get my thoughts composed on this first one.


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