Posted by: gillarbuthnott | August 26, 2019

It’s a long way down…

Image result for upper circle usher hallWell, time to draw a breath at last and try to catch up with the real world. Still reeling from 6 hours of Gotterdammerung last night in the Usher Hall, sitting in a seat 3 feet from the roof, with approximately 8 inches of leg room (and I’m 5 foot 10..), but it was worth the pain. Fabulous orchestra (RSNO conducted by Sir Andrew Davies), wonderful singers, especially Christine Goerke as Brunnhilde. What an evening!

My last two events at the Book Festival were also terrific. Mick Herron and Tom Bradby talked about their latest spy books, Joe Country and Secret Service, and their very different slants on research (Mick Herron: ‘I just make it all up.’) You always hope that authors in the flesh will live up to their books and Mick Herron was as dryly amusing as his writing. If you haven’t tried his Slow Horses series yet, you’re in for a treat.

For my final visit, I heard David Almond and Lauren James talk about how to maintain a career in writing, as opposed  to simply writing a book. It was great to hear from two successful authors with such different experiences of getting started. There were a lot of us writers in the audience, looking for inspiration/reassurance/handy hints or simply the knowledge that there are others out there doing this wonderful, mad thing.

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