Wexford Literary Festival

I’ve just had a wonderful Friday night and Saturday down in Enniscorthy at the Wexford Literary Festival, at the invitation of its organiser, novelist Carmel Harrington. I can heartily recommend it for aspiring and working authors. I came down on the Friday by train and stayed in the most wonderful, peaceful guesthouse a short distance from the station, which had the deepest carpets I’d ever had the pleasure of sinking my feet into. If you’re hiking or holidaying or festivalling in the area, I can strongly recommend the Anam Cara Guesthouse for both luxury accommodation at a reasonable price and a lovely hostess for whom nothing was too much trouble!

It was particularly nice because I knew it would be a safe place for me – which after previous experiences (protected post) was a crucially important consideration. All the novelists coming along were people I already knew, or had the pleasure of getting to know, and who wrote genre and not literary fiction. There was no secret door being opened for them, no backslapping or old-boy support, just sheer hard work on their part. Hardworking, successful novelists of every genre who distilled their information into some great panel discussions on the publishing industry (traditional and self), YA, crime and the particular issues faced by debut authors. I was “off duty” and as a member of the audience paid attention to all the points made and learned a lot about all the genres. The panels were well structured, with the moderators always taking care to seek contributions from the other members (No names, but this does not always happen on literary festival panels, as I’ve witnessed!) And it was fun. And there were biscuits!

I can’t possibly name everyone because I will end up leaving somebody out and putting my foot in it, but I had a wonderful time meeting everyone and just relaxing in a supportive and stimulating atmosphere. Well done Carmel for putting such a great package together – something this well run takes work, as I know. I can’t wait to see all you guys again next year!

Wexford Literary Festival

A Quick Note for Goodreads Folk

Tomorrow I hope to blog about the wonderful time I had at the Wexford Literary Festival. But tonight I want to make a quick note about an utter stuff-up I just made on Goodreads while browsing with my Kindle.

There is some bug in Kindle Fire that makes the keypad jump around and type nonsense. While I navigated to my author dashboard and scrolled down (I love to see if new users are showing interest in the book) the keypad inappropriately hovered and selected “flag review”. I don’t know which one, but since I’ve no objection to any reviews on Goodreads and wouldn’t object even if they said my entire literary repertoire didn’t amount to a pile of snot, this flagging was totally in error and against my will.

I tapped to go “back” the minute the “reason for flagging” screen came up – but if any poor innocuous reviewer gets a message saying their review of White Feathers has been flagged, blame that steaming pile of [expletive deleted] Kindle Fire. I’m in cold sweats thinking about it.

I’ve messaged Goodreads and told them what’s wrong in case something did go through. And not to flag anything whatsoever because that’s not how I roll. Jeez 😦

PS. As for authors reading GR – We’re all at it, or else we’re lying.

A Quick Note for Goodreads Folk