Chris Wadsworth
Percy Kelly - Looking East to the Ennerdale Fells
Writer and Art Consultant

16th March 2013


Just 2 weeks ago I was in a crowded room, a glass of wine in my hand, for the launch of the eagerly anticipated Words by the Water Festival of Words and Ideas in Keswick. The room was filled with the great and the good - writers, poets, thinkers: famous and infamous and our esteemed chairman Melvyn Bragg whose latest novel will launch in May.

It was all so inspiring. Seeing the Award winning film Lincoln the week before made Tracey Chevalier's new novel The Last Runaway, about slavery in America even more relevant. Front line reporters Lindsey Hilsum and Jeremy Bowen, artist Posy Simmonds, politicians Jack Straw and Don Watson and brilliant novelist Michael Frayn were highlights for me. I noticed in the signing queues that people love meeting and chatting to a favourite author. Alexander McCall Smith whose output is phenominal had a massive queue of eager and admiring fans. The future of the written word is assured in whatever form it takes but I'm not so confident about the survival of bookshops and libraries in the face of digital progress and convenience.

Ten days shot past. It was all drama and excitement - new ideas and new friends. I am now in the recovery position struggling to adjust to the quiet contemplative life of the writer again.


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