dovegreyreader scribbles is now entering two weeks of de-mob festival happy, no work, holiday mood, and who knows what will happen. In fact if yesterday is anything to go by... absent-mindedly walking into the cake-decorating shop when I was meant to be in the hairdresser's next door, nothing is certain and the sooner my helpers arrive the better. My brain is saturated with information about books and the authors I shall be meeting and I'm just hoping it doesn't all jumble up and I ask Gillian Slovo about her opinions on the pottery of Bernard Leach and Edmind de Waal about his childhood in anti-apartheid South Africa.
One of the Festival events I am more than looking forward to is Bellowhead on Saturday night so here's a taster to get your feet tapping, I shall be a-dancing for sure.
It's been amazing to see a tiny fraction of what is involved in organising a festival, the scheduling for a start, I mean it's like playing chess and it's taken a while to get my tent line-up settled and a few last minute changes, but the organisers have been unbelievably helpful, sorting out e -introductions for me, the tent, furniture for it, teacups, tables, WI sized teapots and I think we're there.
So here's the rough plan for this week with helpers arriving from distant parts, and I feel I might need one of those huge charts with colours and dots and arrows and things.
Bear in mind that in amongst what follows there will be live blogging going on from people off-a-wandering around festival events other than mine and reporting back on them for us... it could be bit of a white-knuckle ride on here for the next few days, hope you're braced and suitably dressed in whacky festival gear.
Wednesday July 20th
~ Rev Cheryl & Mr & Mrs Fran H-B arrive and we climb on board the sewing machine to start on the bunting whilst talking about books. Rev C has a direct line so is also going to sort the weather.
Thursday July 21st
~ Friends Liz and Mr Liz arrive (Liz is in charge of knitting) and we make more bunting, raid the loft for essentials (puppets) for our Sound of Music Flower Show entry, make nuns out of something and hope I bump into my friend Izzy again as per last year for a garden raid, failing that...hmm, hedgerows. Mr Liz has just retired from the Met Office so he's going to help sort the weather too.
Mr and Mrs Kirsty from Other Stories were to join us but for reasons various now can't, but Kirsty is our official tweeter and we will be in contact with her in Oxford so that she can tweet our happenings for us through the weekend (dovegreyreader #PortEliotFest)
Late in the afternoon we will head over to Port Eliot with a van full of accoutrements, get the tent set up with quilts and socks and things various that will help bring the blog to life,
Up early for a raid of the hedgerows and over to get the flower show entries sorted (why did I enter two) the teapots and cups and saucers organised, and then all sit cool and calm as cucumbers to await author visits as follows...
2pm Katie Kitamura
3.30pm Joanna Briscoe
Then we'll be taking in evening events accordingly.
Saturday July 23rd
~ Intrepid souls Linda W and Angela are happy campers both and will be out and about around the Festival and reporting back. Although children and books are her day job, Angela has gamely agreed to venture into the children's festival to have a look, and the perk of that assignment is that Lauren Child of Charlie and Lola fame will be in there somewhere too.
Back at the tent...
Time to be confirmed ~ Justine Picardie
12pm ~ Daisy Goodwin
1.30pm ~ Edmund de Waal
3.30pm ~ I will be interviewing Helen Walsh and Eleanor Birne on the Walled Garden stage
5pm ~ Gillian Slovo
6pm ~ All collapse in heap and after a quick meeting of minds and wellies drift down to the plein air Cinema Paradiso to watch a good film, probably walking via the stall that does the freshly cooked thai noodles.
Later ~ Stay awake for Bellowhead who I saw on the TV coverage of Glastonbury and I loved...like Seth Lakeman but more of them.
Sunday July 24th
2pm ~ Patrick Barkham
And for those who can't be there but would love to, be please don't worry, don that whacky festival gear and be with us in spirit...and we'll keep you in touch.