Friday, November 26, 2010

Conf 653: Win a Mop!

Snuk morning tea in today at Petersham Nurseries, a garden centre, cafe and restaurant just outside London which contains just the most exquisiteness of everything. The restaurant chef is, say no more, Skye Gyngell. Booked up forever but tea and cakes affordable and available. I'm not normally one for plates but did get a bit drooly over these and the whole elaborateness but simplicity of the table design.

An unusual week of many outings. On Monday I was at the Royal Literary Society for a talk about ghost stories with Susan Hill and Sarah Waters, chaired by Philip Hensher.  On Tuesday was at the scrumptuous Lutyens and Rubinstein bookshop in Notting Hill for a reading and Q&A session with Geoff Dyer. And last night saw Geoff Dyer again at bookslam. The great Diana Athill was supposed to be reading but she was sadly unwell and had to pull out at the last minute. Instead author Patrick Neate (who runs these fantastic bookslam evenings) recited a poem, Rupert Thomson also read and The Mind's Ear Orchestra performed. I say they, but it's actually the audience who supplies the creative input by conducting the 30-odd piece orchestra in any kind of style or sound they desire. Completely unique, fascinating and hilarious. Can't wait for the next bookslams, coming up in the new year are Howard Jacobson and Andrea Levy. Highly recommended.

On a more down-to-earth note a series of competitions has kicked off over on my Done & Dusted blog. The first prize may sound mundane but, I promise you, it really is worth having:


Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.

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