Sunday afternoon and the last day of our small, but perfectly formed Literary Festival and would you Adam’n’Eve it……….. we were due to start at 3.00pm and after a generally fine day so far, boy, did it throw it down with our audience arriving with 20 minutes to go !
Caroline was delightful and is a firm believer in serendipity. She has to be. By accident, through marriage and friendships, she has found herself in the midst of some of the most intriguing true life stories that are just aching to be written. I’m sure she struggles with novel writing as much as anyone else in the field but her “luck” at being surrounded by so much history is unbelievable. Not just dull history – the stuff of dates learned by rote – but history with human stories. Wonderful stuff.
Having been taken back to the travails of the Keyt family with Caroline, Brian Clegg focused our minds on how we could build our own time machine.
Yep, you can do it. Honest. The faster you travel the slower time becomes around you. That will probably explain why when I go for my morning jog the faster I run I never seem to get back home any quicker. Brian’s talk was very thought provoking.
There were some musings and thoughtful rubbing of chins (sometimes more than one on each person) as we looked to the heavens and thought “I wonder if…..” To borrow from the old Radio Times ads….. I never thought there was so much to it….
Chris Skidmore stopped by to give us his take on the lead up to and significance of the Battle of Bosworth. It is such a fundamental battle in English history that we’ve all heard of it, and now that Richard has been found under a car park in Leicester, even more interesting.
Chris brought the toing and froing of friends and foes to life with his energy and enthusiasm for his subject and I don’t think any of us will forget the gruesome detail of King Richard’s death now that we have seen the evidence. Poor man. Did you know that when he was cornered they …….. no, you’ll have to read the book.
Sad to say, another LitFest over and as we shuffled down the path homewards we were already thinking of 2016 and where we would go for our holidays. It has been a wonderful weekend, the feedback has been great, we have had some interesting speakers and a super time meeting you all.
We can work hard to put the event on but it amounts to nothing if no-one turns up so we are eternally grateful to you all, our faithful LitFesters, for supporting us once again. You really do make it all worthwhile. Onwards, a horse … my kingdom for a horse ….