Our brilliant festival team was: Jay Armstrong, Sarah Purnell, Annie Harrison, Anna Cathenka, Aysha Bryant, Shannan Sterne, Sarah Cave, Emma Gibbs, Paige Davis and David Brady. Thanks also to Sorrel Watson for her interview.
Kim has been volunteering at the festival, and helping out with some of the practicalities: including serving up a delicious lunch of homemade cottage pie. She’s currently reading The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. “It was recommended by a friend and unlike me, I’ve read it on a Kindle. Normally I’m a fan of the old-fashioned book! I’m loving the unusual style of her writing; beautiful evocative words in short-clipped sentences. A bit like the shipping forecast – it gives it such an immediacy.
“I’m only half-way through and I’ve got lots of questions about the plot and waiting for it to unfold. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story pans out!”
All weekend we’re asking people at the festival to share their current favourite books with us. Here Anna Cathenka talks to Rosie Hoppe, owner of Laid Back Coffee Co – who says her favourite book is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.
She also says she has had a great day at the festival – and we can personally vouch that her coffee is fantastic.
We ask readers and writers about their favourite books. Louisa Young, author of My Dear I Wanted to Tell You and The Heroes’ Welcome shares her current favourite. In fact, Louisa had her choice with her, and produced it to order. She’d found it yesterday on a shelf of secondhand books for sale at the festival.
“I have a different favourite book everyday. Today it’s Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier. It was great to pick up a book by a Cornish author here, secondhand, in Cornwall. It’s beautifully written.”
When I asked Ella what her favourite book was I could almost hear the whirring of her mind. As a bibliotherapist, she must have a lot of “favourites” for different reasons, and situations.
So instead of forcing one single title out of her, we settled on a name of a publishing house: Peirene Press.
Why? Because, Ella explains, they produce books that can be read in one sitting. Hanne Orstavik’s The Blue Room was the first title that turned her on to the Peirene Press. Fast, pacey fiction that can be devoured in an evening.
We’ll be asking festival-goers and participants to share their favourite book. Starting off the conversation off is producer, scriptwriter and photographer Dan Hall from London – you can follow him @limehousedan – who is photographing the festival this weekend.
“My favourite book is 1984. A bit of a cliche I know, but I’m not sure of many other novels that have literally changed the world. It’s used universally as a warning about what we should be wary of in a state. I’m chilled by the concept of Newsspeak – the state controlling not only what we think but how we say it. This reduction of language has a current relevancy: just look at texting and Twitter!”