Wednesday, April 18, 2012

London Book Fair 2012

Excited to be joining the Authors Electric team. Will be blogging there once a month, kicking off soon with notes from the Fair. In the meantime, a few images.

The focus this year is China

Base Camp - English PEN Literary Cafe

 Good company. With wheelchair dancing star Diana Morgan-Hill and English PEN's Head of Programmes, Philip Cowell.

Tom Watson MP on his exposé of the News International phone hacking scandal - completely fascinating: Dial M For Murdoch (pub Allen Lane)

The English PEN Literary Cafe Where's Wally moment - spot the famous Booker-winning author.

Arvon  Foundation and The Literary Consultancy's Seminar on the role of the editor in digital age. Excellent panel, that's Blake Morrison speaking there. More on this soon.

Caitlin Moran talking about hairy armpits and ridiculously small knickers. Audience Q - has she ever thought of standing as an MP? - brought musings on standing against George Galloway dressed as Rula Lenska dressed a cat. DO IT!

Self-promo moment, organised by PR whizz E.

This was an interesting one - Has Anyone Spoken To The Author? Chaired by John Mitchinson of the fantastic UNBOUND.

The official programme. This came as a complete shock - on the digital page as well.  From last year's visit with my friend Writing Coach and author Jacqui Lofthouse. The first photo of myself wearing glasses I've ever seen.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hidden London - Holland Park

Took my sister and nephews for their first visit to central west London's Holland Park over the Bank Holiday weekend.
A smaller park than its close London neighbours Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, its charms are immense. 
  It never ceases to amaze first-time visitors. 
You can stay here very cheaply, especially for London, as it's now a Youth Hostel (not only for youths). There's opera in the summer and a rather good Marco Pierre White restaurant in the grounds. With the cash you save on hotel bills you could make use of one of London's prettiest and best dining rooms, right on your doorstep!

Built in 1605, Oliver Cromwell was a frequent visitor. Later it became one of London's central social gathering places for writers and artists. Wikpedia says "Under the 3rd Lord Holland and his wife, Lady Holland, the house became noted as a glittering social, literary and political centre with many celebrated visitors such as Byron, Thomas Macaulay, the poets Thomas Campbell and Samuel Rogers, 'Conversation' Sharp, Benjamin Disraeli, Charles DickensSir Walter ScottJohn Allen."

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.