|Andrew Bradford discussing his book
Live Eels and Grand Pianos
|Paolo Hewitt relaxing after his opening talk
listening to fellow guests.
Each writer brings unique life experiences and ideals to their writing and whether writing directly from life, as several of us did, or simply using fleeting experiences and observations on which to base a story, we all write about what matters to us. Writing can reach readers of differing attitudes and beliefs, and in so doing can help break down the barriers than often divide society. Some of the readings we heard may well have made us question our own attitudes. Writing should make us think but it should also entertain and I believe our afternoon of readings succeeded on both counts. The comments below say it all.
|Alex Wheatle at the book signing session.
‘I was most impressed with Paolo Hewitt - that's writing! And Emily Benet's other name should be Miss Fizzy - great fun. And I liked Anna Meryt’s poems, ‘Shoes’ and ‘Bulawayo‘. I'd never attended that type of event before, but can see the attraction. Roll on your second event!’ Lynn
‘The readers from Greenacre were full of surprises… both Judith and I were really interested in the work we heard and talked about it. The guest authors were amazing, the Brixton Bard (Alex Wheatle) had me on the edge of my seat.’ Josie
Here's to next year! For both of us, the mix of readings was stimulating and entertaining. Now looking forward to reading the books I was tempted to buy. . .’ June
|Emily Benet signs her book.
‘What a pleasure to hear all (and I mean ALL) the writers reading their short stories, flash fiction, poetry and excerpts. Well done organisers and roll on the next Greenacres Literary Festival (forget the mini bit) - let it grow big. I thoroughly enjoyed it - thank you.’ Liz
‘Indeed it was an inspiring afternoon. Feedback from my friends confirms their enjoyment and appreciation of a professionally run event.’ Keith
We would like to extend our thanks to our brilliant authors, the members of Greenacre Writers and, of course, our audience for making the day one to remember. What a foundation on which to build next year's event.