Well, I almost had a literary awakening. More like I realised how lazy my brain is nowadays and how I used to enjoy being a student, sitting in circles discussing books at length. (Not that I did much discussing of books last night, but I got to laugh at stupid questions other people asked, which I recall is an echo of my behaviour in student seminars too).
Margaret Atwood last night was great. She's very small but you get the impression that behind her physique is a great power ready to unleash. It really surprised me when I arrived in the tiny bookshop to turn around and find she was right behind me in the corner sat crosslegged on top of a table surrounded by piles and towers of books.
I also got to meet Katia and Sierra which was great. I hadn't discovered Sierra's blog before and Katia has already posted a super photo of Margaret esconced on her table. Learnt that Katia's discussed fear of moving to the UK is more specifically about the prospects of Leamington Spa. As coincidences go I lived there for 2 years in my student years and tried to allay some of her fears. I also forgot to tell her the park there is fantastic - I will tell the story of the snorkelling duck one day.
Having already lined up a dinner date with the frog (to give him my free marketing consultancy on his champagne communication plans) I didn't get to spend more time with the girls, which I would have liked to have done. So will have to save those conversations for March 11th.
Will be offline for the next few days as we're back to Reims to sign papers and then Sunday I'm travelling to London for work Monday, Tuesday. No chance of escaping the cold there either!