Friday, 5 November 2010

Playing Poole

We’re back from the Poole Literary Fest – the first of what we hope will be a yearly event!

The PLF is a not-for-profit organisation founded in April 2009 by the glamorous Sue Luminati, and run with the help of a group dynamic unpaid volunteers (who looked after us so well on the day!). Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo is PLF’s Patron and the inspiration behind establishing a Festival of Literature in Poole.

There were loads of great events, including creative writing workshops, screenings, interviews with authors, literary lunches, crime fiction quizzes and open mic events.

Our event was the Crime Writing Discussion Panel, which I chaired – we had the fantastic Minette Walters, medieval murder mystery writer Michael Jecks and BBC TV Crime Correspondent Simon Hall.  Our theme was ‘true crime’ and how it informs crime fiction. Our authors touched on everything from serial killers to suicide bombers and gave us a fascinating insight into the way each of them works. I was thrilled to see how many of the crime fiction fans are also audio book fans!

One of the really exciting things at the festival was the New Media Prize – the entries were fantastic, fresh and original. The prize was won by Christine Wilks for her piece ‘Underbelly.’ Check out Michael Bhaskar’s great blog about it. 

It was great to mix and mingle with such great authors – and it was personally a fun time for us too. We had two birthdays to celebrate – mine and sound editor Al’s. We drank champagne – and tried not spill anything on the acres of cream carpet in our gorgeous digs!

We can’t wait for next year – hope to see you there! In the meantime, why not become a friend of the Festival.... - LK

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