You'll know from here that I adore Port Eliot, and you now know that I'm taking you all along to the entire Port Eliot Literary Festival, because
the blog is going to sneak across the border into Cornwall and we'll be there for the whole weekend, with a laptop, a
wireless signal, a camera and a very big picnic basket and we are going to have one very great big amazing time.
You don't even need to ask if I'll be sleeping in a yurt because you already know the answer, it's a no. Canvas is for painting on not sleeping under etc etc, so I'll be coming home to my bath and bed each night.
I'll also be 'performing' on the Saturday, So You Think You Want to Write a Blog?
Well I haven't exactly written it yet, let alone painted the scenery or done costumes and rehearsed or sorted out the music and the dance routines or trained Rocky up , so all suggestions welcome, and very quickly too before I start to have sleepless nights.
In fact perhaps I could so some market research now, a sort of 'dovegreyreader asks...the readers' and then I could call it evidence-based research when I get there.
So if you could enlighten me, I could then enlighten them, and this isn't an ego trip, I can take it, so please be honest and say what you feel especially when you get to question four.
- How did you find dovegreyreader?
- Why do you read it?
- Does what you read about here influence your reading, if so how?
- What don't you like?
- If you were asked for three words to describe dovegreyreader scribbles what would they be?
- Bored of Ireland if you're still there, is it still a 'load of trivial, rambling rubbish' or have things improved around here?
If you've got time after that, take a look at the Port Eliot line up
too and let me know who you'd like me to try and nab to say a few words on here,
because we're going to be taking along the virtual armchair and it all promises to be very exciting indeed, so we'll talk about
that some more and very soon.
I've already sorted out a few people I don't want to miss.
Good friend of dgr scribbles Justine Picardie will be there.
I'm going to be meeting up with Nicola Beauman from Persephone Books
I just have to see Barbara Hulanicki and find out how to make vintage work again and to tell her that my student nurse flatmates and I used to go to Biba if only to breath in the air back in the early 1970s.
Then I must find Kit Berry and her corn dollies.
Kate Summerscale of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher fame will be
'creating a mysterious and intriguing happening to take place inside the wonderful Port Eliot House.'
I'm also going to be a bit of a stalking fan (writers must shudder at the very idea) and try and find Kamila Shamsie to get my copy of Burnt Shadows signed, and then I'd love to catch up with Susie Boyt because I'm reading My Judy Garland Life and me and Susie, we are best friends now.
I'll be in danger of talking to Susie as if I've known her for years, show us that tap dance step Susie, go on...never mind about the Italia Conti school, I didn't go there either but at least you had the skirt...shall we just sing a quick verse of Over the Rainbow...honestly, I promise I wouldn't sing you off the stage.
Then there's Sarah Waters and Port Eliot surely the most perfect setting for any discussion about The Little Stranger and conjuring visions of Hundreds Hall.
Plus, it's no good, I'm too excited to keep this from you a single minute longer because...
talking of 'dovegreyreader asks...' just guess who is sitting in the virtual armchair, 'neath the gentle glow of the standard lamp this coming Monday?
Yes really, you definitely don't want to miss it.