A wonderful day at Lowdham outside Nottingham yesterday - a well attended, well organised and exceptionally friendly Book Festival, in a large-ish village which - and this must be almost unique - has its own bookshop. I was talking about London Fictions in the marquee at the back of the village hall - one of four parallel events around Lowdham - and the 'House Full' sign went up ten minutes ahead of start time. Never had that before! And I took a couple of snaps of the audience just to prove it.
Really nice to have two of the contributors to the book (John Lucas and Greg Woods) and a contributors to the London Fictions website (Colin Stanley) in the audience. I met them all face-to-face for the first time yesterday.
Lowdham itself - a three-pub village - was fun to explore. In addition to the independent bookshop 'The Bookcase' (Jane, who runs the bookshop, is the prime mover behind the annual book festival, along with Ross from Five Leaves, who happen to be the publishers of London Fictions) the village has a Primitive Methodist chapel dating from 1844, still in use by an independent Methodist congregation. The chapel was one of the venues for the book festival. To my surprise, it has quite an elaborate organ - not what I associate with the "Prims".
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