Candice: We came,we saw, we presented. Yes, last week we set the world alight by talking about our book writing process at the Stratford literary festival. The build up was unnerving, the day was stressful, the cake was plentiful, and the audience was receptive.
It actually went really well, though I was nearly sick before hand. Once I got to the green room and Phil talked at everyone I was nicely distracted. We didn’t have time to think about what was going to happen as we had our photos taken and then were taken down stairs to the room.
Sitting down at the front was un-nerving, having been to a few events an been in the crowd, suddenly we were the focus. That is the point when it really hit me we were there to talk about our book.
The crowds flocked in to sit down… all four of them. I think it made me more relaxed that we didn’t have that many people but Phil said it made him feel more nervous. He’s used to performing to big crowds!
The talk went really well, we had a few bumps in the road but that just shows we need a little more practice. But it was great to prove that we can talk for 30 mins about the book in an engaging way. One of our audience said she thought she could see us as a radio show (which backs up what a few people have said).
So, yes the audience was small, we aren’t going to millionaires off that soon, but we did make some good contacts with a book group and WI so hopefully there will be more listeners (and readers) to come.
A great experience and thank you to the Literary Festival for giving us a slot.
Now to sort out the new book cover, that is a whole new area of conversation!
Photos courtesy of Rupert Barnes.