Autumn is well and truly here and I’m in a reflective mood. The summer has been a remarkably busy one with the festival season, in particular, dominating my time.
In my role as a music journalist I’ve been fortunate enough to cover quite a few events but one of the more unusual of these was one I worked in my PR role where literary and art, rather than music, took centre stage.
The event in question was Voewood Festival, one of the UK’s top literary and arts festivals, an intimate affair in the gardens of a Grade 1 listed stately home, tucked away in glorious North Norfolk.
Fabulously exclusive and beautifully bijoux, novelists such as Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre and multi award-winning Eimear McBride took to the stage alongside poets, inspirational letter writers like Jodi Ann Bickley and journalists including Mick Wall (Classic Rock, Kerrang!) and Katie Puckrik (The Word, BBC 6 Music).
Throw in an impromptu performance of Jabberwocky by one of the world’s greatest actors, John Hurt, as well as an evening of musical performances (as you’d expect) and you have a literary festival with a lot of rock ‘n’ roll spirit.
But, for me, it was a whole lot more than that…it was deliciously refreshing to be involved in a festival that expanded its horizons far beyond the boundaries of simply music and expertly blended the magic of words with the magic of rock.
Is that indulgent for a music journalist with a love of both? Yes, probably, but I’m not going to make any excuses for enjoying it. After all, words rock!
Take a look at my snapbook for more piccies of the event.