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So here we are, another Bold Strokes Book UK Festival over. I was lucky enough to come over for my first ever UK BSB event back in 2015, but 2018 promised to be bigger and better than ever with a huge international cast coming over to the shores of Blighty. I was excited. I was nervous, and maybe even a tad geeked out to be in the presence of so many amazing, inspirational authors. What a ride!
I have so many flash backs – mental screen grabs of my trip across the waters.
So what does someone travelling from Oz regard as highlights?
The camaraderie – being in a room with more LGBTQ people than I can remember– an enormous BIG thing for this country mouse from rural Australia. THE UK hosts and support crew were outstanding – I cannot thank them enough for all their hard work. From out of hours tours, to MC panels, making sure people were fed, happy, meeting with authors, taking out the garbage and ensuring that everything was in its place, on time and on schedule. Plus, you made people feel safe, comfortable, welcome and included. You ALL rocked!
Catching up with friends from my previous UK BSB visit waaaay back in 2015, and making heaps of new friends from my 2018 visit.
Mixing with people from all over the world with an invested interest in LGBTQ literature – authors, editors, readers, managers, marketing, copy and proof readers – so inspiring, and so rewarding to meet with people face to face. When you live hundreds, and sometimes thousands of miles away from where the ‘business’ happens, it’s a sobering moment to be in the same country, and in the same room as some of these most marvellous people.
To have an opportunity to listen to what people think – to have an open forum where everyone’s thoughts and opinions mattered – from an authors point of view, to editors, copy and proof readers and most important of all, our readers – it is so rewarding to hear what you think, what you like and what you don’t like. Having our readers be brave and come on over to say hello and talk to us about their lierary likes and dislikes – it gives us authors buckets loads to think about.
Being lucky enough to not only hangout with, but also to be on panels with some of the most wonderful, clever and inspiring people, and having so much fun that nerves were (almost) forgotten.
Being in the same room as these people – SUPER COOL!
I cannot begin to tell you how much fun and how much energy and inspiration comes from such a wonderful event as this – to meet new aspiring authors, established authors, support staff, readers and some of the top sellers in our industry, in a space that is free, stimulating, friendly, safe and encouraging, made up of people coming from all over the world, is an event to be proud of. I take my hat off to all who were involved or participated in UK BSB 2018. Each of you helped make it an absolutely magical weekend. And to all I say a heartfelt thank you.
Oh, and PS, for the record, as mentioned in one of the panels, Vic, here’s proof that Laurie and I really do have joeys buckled up in the back seats of our cars J