I've just come back home from Cheltenham. It was great fun, and I'll have a quick run down of some of the best points.
- The hotel I was put up in was so posh a tiny bag of KP nuts cost £1.75. This is not a complaint.
- I can find a Wetherspoons pub anywhere. It's a skill.
- One of the staff in the 'Writer's room' wrote her dissertation on my publisher The Friday Project, including my book in it.
- Another volunteer who looked after the panel did some work experience for The Friday Project.
- Both of the above are obviously intelligence people of taste and distinction. Also pretty.
- All the guests on the panel were lovely, as was the host.
- Jed Mercurio, as well as being lovely, has given me a lot to think about.
- Feedback from the audience was apparently good – I'm glad that they enjoyed it.
- I did my first ever signing – it was *superb*.
- I still feel like some sort of a fraud. I think that I need to get over myself.
- I managed to get my favourite book of all time signed by the author ('Microserfs' by Douglas Coupland) and I managed to blabber like a fame struck idiot at the same time.
This is the first time that I've done anything public around 'literature' as opposed to internet/blogging. If they are all as interesting, well thought out, and perfectly organised as this one I'd like to do some more.
I'd also like to thank all the people involved for inviting me – it was great.
Now – back to work at 6:30am tomorrow, and back to writing about ambulance things.