This sunny May bank holiday weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Delapré Abbey Book Festival in Northamptonshire.
The book festival had a relaxed and calm atmosphere, with the people that came over to my stall being genuinely interested and friendly, offering helpful suggestions on how to improve the book subscription packages I offer, as well as providing me with their favourite book recommendations, which was brilliant. Nothing better than a word of mouth book recommendation!
Over the weekend, I also went to G.J Ogden’s refreshingly honest talk about self publishing his own book, "The Planetsider". Whether I will or wont get round to writing my own "The Book" in the future is yet to be determined, but what I liked most about his talk was the fact that he, reaching his 40th birthday, decided to stop making excuses/putting it off and actually take steps to achieve his life long ambition. That kind of attitude, along with dedication and hard work along the way leads to results- a very positive role model for others and something I think we should all celebrate in any field.
“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction”- John F. Kennedy.
I also spoke with Kate Fulford, who introduced me to her debut novel "Inlaws and Outlaws". Our conversation echoed a similar theme from the talk about self publishing; namely how does a first time writer get themselves and their book known in the wider domain, without 1000’s of twitter followers, copious promotion and support by a well known publisher or losing the will to live.
I have to say I think that Literary Festivals are personally a great way to meet new people and find out what is new in the world of books. Driving home each night after the event I felt a sense of buoyant optimism and enthusiasm- a sense I had ‘found my tribe’ and a motivation to continue to improve the products "Thoughtful Book Subscription" offers.
“I believe a lot of our lives are spent asleep, and what I've been trying to do is hold on to those moments when a little spark cuts through the fog and nudges you”- Rufus Wainwright.
At about 6pm on Monday evening after packing away the marquee and stand, I walked through the now almost deserted Delapré Abbey grounds and took my puppy Holly for a much needed splash around in the grass-turned-ponds nearby. I felt such joy at watching her paddle around in the water at the end of a busy, hot day- a happy human and dog- what more could you ask for? I fitting end to a wonderful weekend- thankyou Delapré Abbey, until next year.