There has been a change of timetable for the Stoneham Travelling Circus and come Wednesday night, we will be sitting on the eurostar drinking mini bottles of red wine and trying to get into a London mood. Goodbye French countryside, hello grubby monolith, which we know so well.
The huge advantage of coming home earlier than planned is that I will now be able to attend the Everyone’s A Critic night on Thursday 23rd September. The event is organised by the laudable English PEN in association wth FLOW – the Free Word Festival. It takes place in the easy-to-get –to and not a little trendy Farringdon Road.
The discussion will focus on the future of the professional literary critic. Whose recommendations really influence reading habits? Is the book blogosphere a shot in the arm for reviewing culture or does it represent a lamentable dumbing down?
Leading the discussion will be Sam Leith, former literary editor of The Daily Telegraph, Erica Wagner, literary editor of The Times, and in a rare public appearance, the book blogosphere’s very own Lynne Hatwell, AKA, Dovegreyreader.
Tickets are a snip at £6 or £3 for concessions and PEN members, and all the details anyone could need are here. It is probably best to book ahead. I hope to meet some of you there.